Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between

Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between

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by James Scott Bell
     
 

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A powerful secret and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction!

What's the best way to write a "next level" novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called "pantsers," because they write by the "seat of the pants."

Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. These…  See more details below

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A powerful secret and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction!

What's the best way to write a "next level" novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called "pantsers," because they write by the "seat of the pants."

Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. These are the "plotters."

The two sides never seem to agree with each other on the best approach.

But what if it's not the beginning or the end that is the key to a successful book? What if, amazing as it may seem, the place to begin writing your novel is in the very middle of the story?

According to #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell, that's exactly where you'll find your story's heart and heat. Bell's "Mirror Moment" is the secret, and its power is available to any writer, at any stage of the writing process.

Bringing together years of craft study and personal discovery, Bell presents a truly unique approach to writing a novel, one that will stand the test of time and serve you all your writing life.

"I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!" - Kami Garcia, #1 NYT Times & International Bestselling author

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149561933
Publisher:
Compendium Press
Publication date:
02/26/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
88,971
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling writing coach and an award-winning suspense author. He lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
KWeiland More than 1 year ago
James Scott Bell has long been one of the most insightful and practical teachers of the writing craft. So it's no surprise this little book is packed full of uncommon wisdom. The approach Bell presents here is that of identifying the "mirror moment" (or what Stanley Williams called the "moment of truth") at the Midpoint in your story. Doing so allows you to find the heart of your character's arc - and thus your story - before you even start writing. This is a concept that's discussed far too seldom in proportion to its value, and Bell cuts right to the chase. He offers a solid overview of structure, great examples of the mirror moment in popular stories, and some bonus advice in the back. A must-read for any author passionate about story structure.
Mike-Klaassen More than 1 year ago
James Scott Bell's Write from the Middle packs a powerful punch in a small package. Whether your first-draft style is structured, based upon inspiration, or somewhere in between, Bell makes a great case for developing your storyline from the middle. Absolutely worth reading.
MarjoriebHill More than 1 year ago
Not only a "novel approach" but interesting and helpful. A definite need.
Jason_Joyner More than 1 year ago
This is a short book that packs a huge punch. JSB is a very good fiction teacher and he's got many books out that explain other aspects of writing. So why does he need a new book out? Mr. Bell continues to be a student of fiction, and he's learned a new aspect of making sure the middle of the novel is an anchor or the book. Many writers have a dynamite beginning and explosive ending, but they have to keep people hooked through the middle.  The advice in this short book helps to bring the elements all together by making the middle point a transformation for the main character. It really does provide a continuity that gives the whole book resonance. For the size of the book, you really can't go wrong in getting this and learning this technique. I read it in a night, but I expect the ideas will stick with me throughout my writing career. 
Anonymous 20 hours ago
A quick read at only 61 pages. Contains some sound writing advice written in a jovial tone. Nothing revolutionary and studded with plugs for his other books. Does provide plenty of examples to illustrate points.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Safety net. Maybe I don't technically need it, but in... case...
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