Avoiding saggy middles is easier than you might think, but you need the right approach!

Whether you’re writing memoir, romance, crime fiction, or horror, there are steps you can take to avoid the dreaded saggy middle and ensure you’re writing a story with the perfect balance of pacing, complexity, and detail.

During my upcoming FREE webinar, you’ll:

  • Discover how to use my four-step self-assessment to recognize muddled middles
  • Learn how to pick up the pace by adding middle-appropriate TRDs (plot Twists, plot Reversals, and moments of heightened Danger) and avoid distractions that hold your story back.
  • Ensure your stakes are high enough and techniques to raise them and keep readers invested in your characters and stories.
  • Uncover strategies to strike the perfect balance between interesting and overly complicated subplots.
  • Explore best practices that will keep your plot laser-focused.

You’ll leave the webinar equipped with actionable strategies to keep readers glued to the page and leave them eagerly awaiting your next release.

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Plotting Perfection:
Overcoming Saggy Middles
with Ever-escalating Conflict

Your opening is killer—gripping and filled with possibility. Your ending is clever—thought-provoking and satisfying. And then there’s the muddle in the middle. What can you do to add pep and verve?

Join my FREE webinar to learn how to keep the story going with laser-like focus. During my one-hour presentation, I will show you how to identify slow points and offer practical tactics to speed the pace.

Jane K. Cleland. Please join me at my FREE online workshop: "Plotting Perfection: Overcoming Saggy Middles with Ever-escalating Conflict" April 13, 2024 @ 1 p.m. Eastern.

Join me at my FREE virtual discussion:

April 13, 2024
1 p.m. Eastern Time

Reserve your spot at this FREE virtual workshop. I’ll send you the access details shortly before the event!

Jane K Cleland is the author of the Agatha Award-winning Mastering Plot Twists and Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, from Writer’s Digest Books, now Penguin Putnam Random House, and the multiple award-winning and IMBA-bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, from St. Martin’s Minotaur. Her short fiction has been published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

She is also a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest magazine and the chair of the Black Orchid Novella Award sponsored by the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

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