Midpoint Magic: How to Swing Your Screenplay or Novel in a New Direction and Say Good-Bye to Sagging Story Middles That Put Audiences to Sleep
The middle of your story. Nightmare.
And no wonder.
The middle (or Act Two) is just so dang long.
There’s another reason why plotting a novel or screenplay is hard: plot is based on repetition.
The protagonist tries to achieve his goal, fails, and then tries again. (These are sometimes referred to as try-fail cycles.)
These two factors add up to a big problem: you’ve got A LOT of pages to fill (the lengthy second act) and basically one item to fill them with (try-fail cycles).
Without a targeted plan of attack, the results will feel exactly the way you’d predict: repetitious, boring, and monotonous.
You’ll wind up a story that sags in the middle. A story that’s more snooze fest than page-turner.
A story that audiences abandon.
Obviously, that’s not going to help you sell your spec script or race to the top of the bestseller lists. It’s not going to kick your writing career into hyperdrive.
So what’s the solution?
To stop audiences from falling asleep…
…you have to make your try-fail cycles feel different. When plotting a novel or screenplay, you have to camouflage the inherently repetitious nature of plot.
You can accomplish this pretty painlessly with the midpoint.
Functioning as a fulcrum, it swings your story in a new direction halfway through Act Two. Thus, your hero’s post-midpoint endeavors will feel different in some key way.
And voila! The repetitious nature of plot is masked. The monotony fades away.
No more same old, same old.
No more sagging middle.
That’s the magic of the midpoint.
Even better, when you braid multiple fulcrums together with their logical causes and effects, your story will practically start writing itself. No joke.
What to use as a fulcrum? When you need help with the midpoint of a screenplay or novel, other writing guides will give you vague advice, like “throw a curveball” or “shake things up.”
Not this one.
This one will show you how to plot a novel, how to structure a screenplay—successfully.
Specifically, this writing skills guide will cover:
8 Ways to Swing Your Story in a New Direction
You’ll learn the ins and outs of 8 different fulcrums, which are suitable for a variety of plots and genres. Plus, you’ll discover:
- the linchpin of virtually any romance (or buddy-cop story)
- the plot device you absolutely need to know about if your characters are on the run
- 2 questions that can tell you if your story is a slow starter
- the best fulcrums to solve escalation problems
- 5 kinds of plots where it actually pays to bury your hook
- why you SHOULDN’T keep your big plot twist up your sleeve for as long as possible
- 8 practical considerations that you should ponder to extract the most “anti-sag” capability from your midpoint
- 5 common pitfalls (and easy ways to sidestep them)
A Foolproof System to Map Out the Middle of Your Screenplay or Novel
Here, you’ll take 2 preparatory steps that will help you instantly get to the heart of your story. Then, you’ll be ready to match your premise to the perfect fulcrum.
By the time you finish, you might have so much material, your story middle won’t be able to contain it all.
You’ll have to whittle it down, and pick the best fulcrum to build your story around, the one that will help you organize all of your ideas.
That’s a pretty sweet position to be in, especially considering the alternative (i.e. repetitious plot points that sag and drag…or even worse, none at all).
The Midpoint-Boosting Plot Point That Can Take Your Story to the Next Level
Closely associated with the midpoint is a plot point you’ve probably never encountered when you looked for help on how to structure a screenplay or how to plot a novel.
But if you master it, you’ll not only fill up those pesky pages that follow the midpoint. In addition, you’ll be able to:
- take care of your plot without sacrificing theme
- reinforce the heroic stature of your protagonist
- slow down the pace of your story without losing your audience
Writing the middle of a novel or screenplay doesn’t have to be a nightmare
Say hello to Magic Midpoint and…
…say good-bye to sagging middles that put audiences asleep—and prevent you from achieving your writing dreams.
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