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 never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for an Audie award in 2016, and her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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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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