Check out this post from Kristina Stanley’s blog on the midpoint of a novel in the context of the story arc.
Act II is underway, and your story is dragging. What do you do?
A dragging story is not what we want as authors, so let’s look at how to fix this.
A good story contains key plot events. To create a story readers love, these events must happen at the right time — including the midpoint.
If you’ve written the inciting incident and plot point 1 well, then at the midpoint, you’ll be taking your readers on a journey where the protagonist moves from a reactionary mode to a proactive mode.
The midpoint of your novel happens at around 50% of your story’s total word count. It’s also about halfway through the second act. So that was a little obvious…but had to be said.
The events following your midpoint will lead the reader to plot point 2 (at the end of Act II), and then on to the climax.
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