The middle of a story is simply you, complicating things for the character based on the decisions they’ve already made, and taking them closer to, or further away from the desire the reader already understands that the character has.
We’ve already brainstormed one of these moments, and now you get to think about the natural outcome of that.
(I’m breaking it down in a way that might feel a little artificial, because I wanted to give you a clean break from the direction you were traveling in the previous exercise, and a chance to think about what your character needs next.)
Again, we’re not writing these scenes today, just roughing out their path.
Why brainstorm and not simply write these?
You can, of course do as you like (though I have some time set aside for you to do this writing in the next few days).
In my experience, however, many writers have been more able to get to the end of their story by sketching out a rough map of the terrain, than simply by writing their way through.
We tend to get lost in the weeds while writing scenes, and it helps to have a path to come back to!
Leave a comment telling us how today’s task went. Are you starting to see some potential growth for your character? Somewhere for them to go?