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How to Close the Midpoint of Your Story | by

You’ve written your story up to the midpoint, congratulation! Or maybe you haven’t gotten that

You’ve reached the daunting midpoint, you’ve successfully crossed the inciting incident of your story, given

Now, how do you close the midpoint of your story and transition to the resolution?

Maybe you’ve written all there is you need to write, but the problem is, you don’

If you read my article “How to Keep Readers Interested in Your Novel”, you might recall that

This is what ushers the story into Act 2 or the midpoint of your story

The Reaction usually comes after your protagonist has made a decision on how to reach their goal

Then the game-changing plot twist comes when the protagonist comes to a realization, or is presented with

This is where you ask yourself; What action is my protagonist going to make in light of

This is how to best drive the plot forward and deliver a meaningful story

You can’t just place your characters in the middle of a situation and just let them

They have to fight back against the plot with decisions of their own

This is what brings up questions in the mind of the readers, and then elicits curiosity

This is the psychology behind storytelling that make people hungry for more

The Action your protagonist would be taking here is just like the second inciting incident

Your protagonist is presented with another situation where they have to make another impossible decision that pushes

And every decision that they make has to lead them into even more trouble

And what better way is there to do that than to make them think they are making

Remember, everything you are writing is supposed to draw in your readers and make them hungry for

But how are you going to do that from the midpoint? The answer is to build up

After the inciting incident when your protagonist makes a decision, your first pinch point should come in

Many writers try to achieve this same effect with exciting and adventurous scenarios; however, they are only

Your second pinch point should come in after your protagonist makes their new plan based on the

This pinch point should show that the antagonistic force is looming even closer than ever before

You want to give your readers a cycle of questions, curiosity, answers, and dopamine release, throughout your

This is how you close your midpoint; with a pinch point that shows the antagonistic force looming

You want to build suspense for the upcoming disaster that your protagonist might have to face in

So ask yourself the following questions when writing the end of your second act:

Do they believe their new plan is the best plan while avoiding their greatest fear?

If you can answer those questions, you should have no problems closing the midpoint of your story

What other ways do you close the midpoint of your story? Kindly share your thoughts, I’d