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HELP! I'M STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
By Kathy Shaw
Probably the second most asked question I get (behind where do you come up with your ideas?) is: What’s the hardest part of the book to write?
Hands down, it’s the middle.
I’m not sure if it’s the adrenaline of starting a new project or getting to amuse myself by writing two people’s highly-volatile emotional dislike of each other, but I love to write the first third of the book. Yes, not all romances start with the hero and/or heroine in-hate with each other. There are stories of friends falling in love or non-combative competitors falling in love or maybe a dozen other scenarios where emotional aversion is not the jumping off point. But not in my books. Where’s the fun in that?
And then, there’s the last third of the book. This is the section where they know they love the other (although they probably haven’t admitted it yet) but there is too much “stuff" between them to over-come. I could go on, but that’s for another blog.
So let’s get down to business. The Middle!
Or more importantly “being stuck in the middle.”
This is where the hero and heroine fall in love. But what makes them fall in love? What makes them fall off the deep end?
Well, heck if I know!
Over the years, friends and family have shared their stories about how they fell in love. The sagas all go about the same way.
The couples meet. This is where I always get a lot of endearing details. (First third of book)
Then, they say, “We fell in love,” and sigh. Just that one line—no details, no particulars, no how-to-pamphlets. Nada! This is where I want to tear my hair out. (The dreaded middle)
Next, they wax on about their happily-ever-after or lack there of. Yea, we’re back on the research trek. (Last third of book) Remember, I’m saving my creative anxiety concerning a book’s ending for a future blog.
So, here’s what I’m hoping will happen. Share with me how you fell in love or how/when you realized you were in love. Please, please! Because…
HELP! I’M STUCK IN THE MIDDLE!