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Those around you can have their novellas, sweet, their short stories of cliché and coincidence, occasionally spiced up with tricks of the quirky, the achingly mundane, the grotesque. A few will even cook up Greek tragedy, those born into misery, destined to die in misery. But you, my bride of quietness, you will craft nothing less than epic with your life. Out of all of them, your story will be the one to last.
Marisha Pessl

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Writer's Relief Blog: "Stop Sagging Middle Syndrome: 5 Plot Devices That Will Amp Up Your Story"

Summer is upon us, writers, and you know what that means: It’s time to get rid of that sagging middle!

No, we’re not talking about your waistline. We’re talking about your story! If the middle of your book is starting to meander, lose momentum, or peter out, then your story might be suffering from what’s commonly called sagging-middle syndrome.

Writers easily focus on beginnings and endings—but it’s often the middle of the story that’s a trouble area. It’s great when readers are drawn into your story from the get-go, but keeping their attention through the middle of the book is an entirely separate challenge.

For this reason, we at Writer’s Relief offer these five conflict-generating plot devices to amp up your story and keep your readers glued to the page.

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