Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part II

Why should you start your story from the middle? Last week, we talked about the middle being Act II of the three-act structure. What goes on in Act II? Act II is the escalating, rise and fall, of conflict in a story. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

What usually happens when you’re in the middle of something? Do you sometimes take a step back, and think, “how did I get here?” The same is true for your protagonist. In Act I, they’re faced with something disturbing their ordinary life. They make a decision to do something, it’s a place of no return. The doorway to Act II.

It’s called a “mirror” moment––figuratively, or literally. Take your novel you’re reading right now. Go to the middle of it. For example, I just read Mary Connealy’s Too Far Down. I’m going to write a review of it, but I just flipped to the middle.

Since this is historical romance, there are two main characters. One of them is Cole Boden. Someone’s after his family and property. In the middle of this, he finds himself falling in love with Melanie “Mel” Blake.

Cole was the privileged and smart Boden boy. He’s the oldest child, and his grandparents tried to run his life. He did spend ten years with them. He’s just received word that possibly his beloved grandparents, though dead, may have been involved in a “long game” to ruin the Bodens. Here’s what he’s thinking.

Cole closed his eyes. He tried to be honest with himself. He knew the way his grandparents had wielded power.

He tried to be honest with himself. That’s his “mirror” moment. It was quite a shock to learn that his grandparents were on a list of a people that may have been involved in assassination attempts, burnouts, and blowups––all to wipe out his family.

The “mirror” moment is when the protagonist takes a reflective look at themselves. They wonder how they got there, and what to do next. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

Can you identify the “mirror” moments in your life? Have you had one recently regarding some situation in your life? Leave a comment and let me know.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

The Mickey Mindset

Celebrating the Art of Disney Storytelling

Live to Write - Write to Live

We live to write and write to live ... professional writers talk about the craft and business of writing

Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

Joseph E Bird

Let's talk about reading, writing and the arts.

For a purpose

The blog site of Rick Wade


Where it is a good thing to be an outcast.


We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; let your light shine through your cracked pot. Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in and comes out.

loon watchman

stark raving sane.

Kelly F Barr

"A story without love is empty." -- Kelly F. Barr

Beautiful Life with Cancer

Discovering the Gift

Vonj Production

Bringing you love through spirit!

A christian dad blog

Just a dad following God's path


A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.


easy reading is damn hard writing

Funny Dog Moments

Funny Tales of Cinnamon the Cute Guard Dog

Life Through the Big Screen

A podcast where I invite guests from all walks of life to discuss their favorite movies, and we use that film as a starting point to talk about deeper issues such as faith, politics, and social issues.

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

%d bloggers like this: