Writing Tip Wednesday – Middles and Scenes

Posted April 5, 2017 by Julie in writing, Writing Tip Wednesday / 12 Comments

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.

Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices

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 Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award and Voice Arts Award in 2018. In May 2018 MGM Television optioned five of her books (Slack, Guns, Come, Come Back, and Coming For You – collectively called THE COMPANY) for a TV Series. She and Johnathan are partners in that TV series project — in fact, they started out writing the teleplay for The Company and soon after found themselves writing novels together too.

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 responses to “Writing Tip Wednesday – Middles and Scenes

    • Julie

      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. Kim

    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. Cecilia

    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. Joanna Paez

    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 🙂

    • Julie

      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.