Day 12 – Brainstorm the Second “And Because of That”

Today we’re working on the middle of the story again.


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!

Fun-Size Challenge Day 12
Here’s your next Bingo Piece. Download the pic, print it out and paste it onto your bingo sheet. Then share a picture of it on social media with #storyadaybingo

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?

Day 10 – …And Because Of That…

Today we start brainstorming actions for the middle of your story

Today we’re going to brainstorm the first thing your character does in reaction to how your story started.

If you look at the Short Story Framework you’ll see I called this section the first “And Because Of That”.

Here’s a short video lesson on that.


Again I’m going to encourage you to set a timer for about 10 minutes. Don’t overthink this. You’ll get a chance to work on the next “and because of that:” in an upcomings, so don’t try to brainstorm ALL the ways your character reacts…just the one that grows out of your story’s opening, and their desire.

Leave a comment telling us how today’s task went

Fun-Size Day 10

Here’s your next Bingo Piece. Download the pic, print it out and paste it onto your bingo sheet. Then share a picture of it on social media with #storyadaybingo