on Fiction University:
The midpoint reversal is the glue that holds the first and second halves of the novel together.
Like many writers, I used to hate middles. My novels always bogged down halfway through, the plot hit a wall, or I realized it had gone so far off track I was writing a different novel. I can’t tell you how many times I just chucked the whole draft and started over.
Until I discovered the midpoint reversal, and it changed my writing life.
After that, middles weren’t a problem anymore, and plotting became a whole lot easier. I didn’t bog down or fizzle out, and I always knew where my plot was headed.