It’s mid-point through NaNoWriMo. How is the writing going? Great I hope!
I thought the middle was the perfect place to talk about the mid-point reversal. It is what keeps your middle from sagging.
The mid-point reversal should be just that a reversal. A reversal of your characters luck. A reversal of your reader’s expectations. A reversal that shocks us. A reversal that changes the direction of your story. A reversal that reveals a secret.
Don’t know where to start? Ask yourself a few questions?
- What is the worst thing that could happen?
- Is there a secret that could throw us?
- What could happen to make your antag give up?
- How could the antag get the upper hand?
- What is something your protag needs to know to win in the end?
- Is there a twist to send the story in a new direction?
In my first MS the mid-point reversal is actually positive. My characters get help in an unexpected place. And that surprise is what changes the course of the story. So it doesn’t need to be negative—just twisty.
Famous mid-point reversals (well semi famous):
- Pride and Prejudice—Darcy proposing to Elizabeth.
- The Hunger Games—Katniss finding out she and Peeta can team up in the hunger games.
- Twilight—Edward confesses his feeling for Bella.
- The Sorcerer’s Stone—Harry finds out Voldemort is looking for the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Notice how in each of these examples the reversal changes the trajectory of the story.
Good luck with your middle, and happy NaNoWriMo!