Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part III

Writing your story from the middle can be challenging. It’s not the normal way we think of writing our story. We think of the beginning, and how it will end. What will the climax be? But writing from the middle can open up your writing to a number of different scenarios you may find intriguing. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

Today, we’ll look at a couple of classic stories, such as Gone With the Wind and The Robe. In the movie, her “mirror” moment, from the middle of the movie is Scarlett O’Hara saying “As God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” She’s unkempt, hair out of place, but she shakes her fist at the sky.

In the book, she comes to a realization––that land was the only thing worth fighting for. “She would hold Tara, if she had to break the back of every person on it.”

Her determination and the way she deals with setback after setback is about the only reason we “like” Scarlett O’Hara. She’s a schemer with a sharp tongue, in love with the wrong man, and is blind to the man she should love.

I took the book and looked at a small middle section. I couldn’t find the statement James Scott Bell had said he thought was the mirror moment for Scarlett, but I found some other interesting thoughts she had.

In the book The Robe, by Lloyd C. Douglas, I went to the exact middle, and had to search a bit to find some sort of “mirror” moment Marcellus has. In the middle section, Marcellus has gone back to Israel to discover the source of his “madness.” He’s told about a lovely singer named Miriam, but hasn’t decided whether or not to meet with her.

Marcellus realized now that he had been quite too sanguine in believing that his sincere interest in the story of Jesus might make it safe for him to confide in Miriam. He had been telling himself that Miriam––uncannily gifted with sympathetic understanding––would balance his present concern about Jesus against the stark facts of his part in the tragedy.”

He knew Miriam was forgiving, but should he tell her?

Perhaps he would not need to go the whole way with his confession. It might be enough to say that he had attended the trial of Jesus, and had seen him die. Whether he could bring himself to be more specific about his own participation in this shameful business would depend…”

Look for reflective passages in those stories you read, so that you can write a reflective passage for your lead character.

In my first novel, Meghan’s Choice, somewhere in the middle section, I have her pondering her choices of men, and yet she is intrigued by what the cowboy says about a personal experience with the living God. Because Meghan’s choices are two-layered, personal and spiritual.

A reflective passage doesn’t have to be long. It can be as short as a sentence, but it must reveal the character’s heart to herself. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

Have you listened carefully to your own heart? What is it saying to you? Leave a comment and let me know.

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