I recently happened on this concept when an ad appeared on my Facebook feed for a book titled something like “How to Write from the Middle.” Intrigued, I clicked on the link. I didn’t get further than the next screen because I was asked for my email address and a couple other personal bits of information. Instead, I went to Amazon and typed in the search bar, “writing from the middle.”
I pulled up the book on my iPad and about two paragraphs in, I wanted to highlight and underline most everything. To me trying to highlight on my Kindle app is like trying to grab a pesky fruit fly. I can never seem to grab the line I want highlighted so it stays that way. I pulled out my laptop and began typing notes as I read, and a euphoric feeling came over me. This was exactly what I needed as I developed a plot for a sequel to my current release. (More on that release later!) Within an hour I had already worked through the book, stopping where Bell gives plotters a roadmap on how to apply the method to their style of writing. I closed down for the night and went to bed with visions of my storyline dancing in my head.
The concept is not one hundred percent new, but a unique way of writing a novel using much of the methodology writers already employ. That’s about all I’m going to tell you. But, I hope I’ve made you curious enough to click on the link and investigate the book for yourself. It comes in both a Kindle version and print. No. James Scott Bell didn't pay me to write this post!
As for my new release, Second Chance Love, a contemporary romance set at a rodeo in southern Illinois, it's releasing January 24, 2017! To celebrate the release, I’m giving away a copy of the book. Leave a comment and tell me about a writing method that has worked for you (if you are a writer). For those who aren’t writers, tell me about a book you read recently that resonated with you. I’ll draw the name of the winner on January 24th, my release day!