So a little over two weeks ago I finished my second draft of the sequel to WINGS. I handed it off to my husband who is my fabulous first reader, and this was his conclusion; the beginning was good, the end was good, but the middle? Not quite so good. So now I've been working on the middle.
When I was doing Q&A a few weeks ago, someone asked me whether I thought the beginning or the end was the hardest to write. Well, I must not have been in a very "think outside of the box" mood that day because I simply outlined some of the hard things about writing both. But now that I think about it, my real answer to that question is neither. What is hardest for me to write is the middle.
If I were a literary superhero (with a fabulous costume of course!) my arch-nemesis would be the Dreaded Middle! (And would have a cape.)
Middles are hard for me. I have discovered that I have to write in a linear fashion--from the beginning to the end--otherwise I write all the funnest scenes and filling in all the blanks is boring and it shows. But often that means that I hurry through the middle too fast just to get to the end.
So my middles generally suck to first go-round.
But I'm working very hard! In fact, I am about halfway done with the middle and I think it's quite good. (Plus I've been reading it aloud to my husband as I go and he thinks it's much better too. Yay!)
So how about you? What is your literary arch-nemesis and how do you brutally beat it into submission?
Um . . . metaphorically speaking, of course. . . .*chirpchirp*