Writing Tip Wednesday – Middles and Scenes

Writing Tip Wednesday – Middles and Scenes

JA Huss

Welcome to video two of The Perfect Story. Last time we talked about writing beginnings and what makes a good one. This week I’m talking about writing the middle of your story as well as writing scenes. Remember, new videos in this course release every two weeks on Wednesdays. One thing to note is that I have changed up the videos a little. After giving it some more thought I have added and combined a few topics.

So is here how the videos will break down going forward.

Beginnings
Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Pov/Characters
Settings/Series
Pacing/Suspense
Exposition/Dialogue
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices
Editing/Blurbs

If you’re interested in learning more about story structure, these three books have been really helpful for me.

The Plot Whisperer” by Martha Alderson
Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks
The Story Grid” by Shawn Coyne

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About JA Huss

JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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12 Comments

    1. Well you just have to make it as real as you can using dialog and narrative I guess. I have sold some very ridiculous plot points (see Mr. Perfect) and people go with it. So that’s all I can say. It’s got to feel real.

  1. Thanks for posting. I’m writing my first action-romance and it really helps me to keep my middle balanced. I’m also a planner and panster. I write a brief outline and then I “pants” each scene. It’s good to see that someone else out there has a similar process.

  2. Thank you for doing this series. You are the navigator creating a road map for authors to follow for romance writing. I am beyond grateful to you for offering this series

  3. Thank you so much for this! You are great! I am writing my first book and you are helping me with the whole structure! I have read and love all of your books. Thanks again!

  4. Is it crisis #’s 1, 2, and 3 plus major crisis? or crisis #’s 1,2 and major crisis? Thanks for these videos Julie, these are great 🙂

    1. You can structure it any way you want – as LONG AS you’re building to your climax. Which means, if you have several crises, each one has to be at a higher intensity than the last.

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