I’m a writer who likes fresh beginnings and well-timed endings. Middles? Not so much.
When I think about the middle of, say, a novel manuscript, I imagine a hammock creaking under the weight of a couple of lemonade-sipping kids or a dad who really ought to be mowing the lawn.
Creative writing instructors refer to these in-between pages as the dreaded “saggy middle.”
They teach rookies and published authors alike how to push through their own saggy middles with enough energy and forward momentum to keep readers engaged until the end.