13 Week Rewrite: Week Seven – Temptation


This week, you’re rewriting up to the midpoint of your story. At this point, your protagonist experiences a temptation to retreat back to the familiar rather than going forward into the unknown.

This temptation is a crucial stage in the story because it often involves a turning point. It’s not important to figure out what the midpoint event is than it is to inquire into a moment somewhere in the middle of your story where your protagonist is tempted.

It’s common for writers to get stuck at this point or for the work to meander. If the story feels flat, or a little boring, you might be holding a little too tightly to your idea of how the story should play out.

In revision, the challenge is to remain connected to the characters’ impulses while exploring creative ways to raise the stakes. If you can identify the conflict in a…

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