Journeying Through Your Novel Part Five: The Midpoint Shakeup

The middle of your novel should be the point where everything gets shaken up… And in this video series, that of course is going to include the camera view.

Part One: The Characteristic Moment

Part Two: The Inciting Event

Part Three: The Pushpoint

Part Four: Tests and Trials (Part I)

Music Credit: Audiomachine


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Josiah DeGraaf is a high school English teacher and literature nerd who fell in love with stories when he was young and hasn’t fallen out of love ever since.
He writes because he’s fascinated by human motivations. What causes otherwise-good people to make really terrible decisions in their lives? Why do some people have the strength to withstand temptation when others don’t? How do people respond to periods of intense suffering? What does it mean to be a hero?
These questions drive him as a reader, and they drive him as a writer as well as he takes normal people, puts them in crazy situations (did he mention he writes fantasy?), and then forces them to make difficult choices with their lives.
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels with worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as entertaining as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. In the meantime, you can find him writing articles here or short stories at his website (link below) as he works toward achieving these goals.
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  1. I feel all shaken up. 😛
    You made a really good point for this video— I hadn’t thought through it so extensively myself. Thanks so much for sharing!
    And I’m noticing your favorite examples are Raiders of the Lost Ark and Pride & Prejudice— rather an incongruous combination, don’t you think? But hey, they’re good stories and they work. 😀
    Thanks again.
    And homeschoolers ARE cool. 😛

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