I read an article recently about writing your novel from the middle.
I thought it sounded insane; how can you start in the middle?
If you have a really solid story line that’s set in stone I guess it’s possible, but my story only started because I tried to write a short story. (It’s now set to be a trilogy, so I think I need to relearn the term ‘short’.)
From a short intro I decided where I wanted my story to go and how it should begin and end and I knew roughly what my characters should do in the middle.
But of course my characters had their own ideas. They decided they didn’t like the middle at all and avoided it at all costs.
The middle became this gaping hole that gradually began to be filled in; the more filling I had the more ideas I had for the rest of the story.
To conclude, I don’t think I could ever START from the middle, however I do agree that sometimes, in order to write a story more believably, you need to have reached the middle in order to know your characters. To know where they’ve come from, where they’ve been and how they think.
One of my MC’s in particular has not been very forthcoming about who he was, and that was frustrating, but now he has told me I have so much more to add to the story.
To get to know him I had to develop his character more and that included getting to the halfway point.
So yes, in theory writing your story from the middle makes sense, you know all your characters so much better and you have a pinnacle to reach so your story doesn’t droop in the middle, but in practice writing from the middle is a statistical impossibility; for me anyway.
I guess the moral of the story is there is no right way to write a story.
I think I’ll have more success nailing jelly to the ceiling than picking a one size fits all writing technique.