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Write Your Novel
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By Melanie Anne Phillips
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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.