marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

ah middles

It's one thing to know the beginning and the end. It's another to muddle through to the middle.

Partly because the characters have to muddle through themselves. It's one thing for ME to know that a character starts out a maltreated and crippled adolescent, and ends up superpowered and heroic (even if still adolescent 0:), but the entire point is that SHE doesn't know.

Even plotwise -- the boy who kills the monster obviously can't know he will succeed. Indeed, at the beginning, he's not going to even realize he can try.

Tags: grumbles, middles, plotting

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