Writing chat by Poynter

Just came across this on Poynter’s

chat today: How can I pace my writing to create strong middles
& endings?

It’s a new year,
writers, and all of us are probably suffering from flabby middles
and saggy bottoms. No, we’re not talking about your waistline or
badunkadunk. If you are recovering from two months of holiday
feasting, we understand. But there is also something that we might
call literary obesity.

So much work goes into
shaping the top of the story that we rarely are able to give time
and energy to the two other important parts: the middle and the
end. Think about it. When is the last time someone said something
nice about your endings? Or, even if your endings are good, it’s
possible that readers never get there, stuck as they are in the
toxic waste that has settled down into the middle of your

So if you need a 2011 writing makeover,
let’s start things off with a chat today at 3 p.m. ET. Break out
your literary leg warmers. Let’s hit the writing gym!

Twitter users can ask questions ahead of time or during
the chat using the #poynterchats hashtag. You can revisit this page
at any time to replay the chat after it has

If you have time to
“attend” today, let me know how it went. I have back to back
meetings this afternoon.

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