Written by Hannah Vanderpool of Praying With One Eye Open
I’m a writer who likes fresh beginnings and well-timed endings. Middles? Not so much.
When I think about the middle of, say, a novel manuscript, I imagine a hammock creaking under the weight of a couple of lemonade-sipping kids or a dad who really ought to be mowing the lawn.
Creative writing instructors refer to these in-between pages as the dreaded “saggy middle.”
They teach rookies and published authors alike how to push through their own saggy middles with enough energy and forward momentum to keep readers engaged until the end.
This is important because it’s easier to start a story, and even to finish it, than it is to keep putting one foot in front of the other when you’re in the middle of a thing and can’t see your way to an ending yet.
As it turns out, writing is not my day job–homeschooling is. I’ve been on this particular journey for nine years now.
Our family started strong when my three kids were barely out of Pull-ups (yes, I was over eager). I hope to finish well, too, when my youngest daughter is finally ready to fly my little coop.