Itchy Bitesized 16: Three Things About Saggy Middles – by Emma Darwin…

If you’ve been told your novel or creative non-fiction has a saggy middle – or you’ve a nasty suspicion yourself about it – you are absolutely not alone.

It’s a perennial problem.

Writing a novel may simply be a matter of “beginning, muddle and end”, but as you discover every time you download an unabridged audiobook , novels are very long, and so the middle muddle is also very long. “Saggy middle” is one of the diseases listed in my Fiction Editor’s Pharmacopoeia, but I’ve decided it’s high time I unpacked it in a bit more detail.

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