Write Your Novel
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By Melanie Anne Phillips
Creator of StoryWeaver

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Man Made follows a mysterious force as it sweeps around the globe erasing anything man made - from buildings, vehicles, and technology to medicines, clothing, and dental work.

Governments stagger under the panic, religions are at a loss for an explanation, scientists strive for any means to stop or divert the phenomenon, and the world’s population from families to individuals struggle to prepare for The Event, which will drive humanity back beyond the stone age.

The Event is coming.

Are you prepared?

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Genre - Act Two Middle

Genre in the middle of act two should enrich your readers’ experience with your novel’s personality, either by adding shadings and nuance or by unveiling surprising inconsistencies that portend a greater truth lurking in the background.

Your novel’s personality, like those of individual people, determines the mood and timber of its relationship to your readers.  Here, in the geographic center of your story – the mid-point in your entire timeline, the one thing you most want to avoid is boredom – a sense of complacency that leads to taking the genre for granted resulting in a progressive lack of interest.

In this step, list the genre elements you wish to present in the middle of the second act that will add enough new depth, shock, or surprise to your genre to re-engage your readers’ interest.