It’s the middle of the summer, and many of you are wading through the messy middle as you work on your passion projects. I want you to know, you’re not alone if you feel like the middle is a little messy. In fact, for most writers, that’s exactly how the drafting process works.

In the beginning, setting up characters and the world of your story is all shiny and new. Soon, you start thinking about how it will feel to reach the exciting climax scene. You might even start dreaming of those elusive words, “The End!”

Whoa, there. Slow down!

Before you speed on through to the end, give yourself the opportunity to have fun and be creative with the middle of your story. That’s where most of your story happens, after all.

But … how do you keep the middle of your story moving forward? How might you add humor, sparkle, suspense, and even heartfelt scenes?

Just in case you need a little inspiration, here’s a clip from one of our Drafting Workshop activity sessions. In it, I share a few examples from books about how writers have looked carefully at what they’ve already created and found possibilities for taking those opportunities much farther. It’s like panning for gold in your own imagination.

We’re wishing you all the best with your passion projects. We can’t wait to see how they turn out!