Write Your Novel From The Middle Review

By Brent King On March 9, 2014 Under Books, Reviews

BellWhen Write Your Novel From the Middle was published a couple weeks ago, I knew I had to have it. In the last six months my mind has been settling into many truths about writing, finding its way amid good books full of ideas on plot, theme, and character. Bell’s take seemed fresh and simple.

Two Cool Things About This Book!

I finished the book yesterday. Two things jumped out at me in the experience.

  • I love how it is compatible with my personal writing style.
  • I tested the rough draft of one of my novels in progress to see if it measured up to Bell’s theory. What I discovered blew me away! I found just what he said I’d find, right in the middle (exactly!). There, my main character spoke those magic words of reflection on his life, really reflecting on the theme of the book.

I unearthed this novel like Stephen King or Dean Koonz, yet I am amazed at what my intuition did. How could I not be a believer in Bell’s theory? I am, for sure!

What Sets Write Your Novel From The Middle Apart?

Flexibility. I think, like I mentioned earlier, that its ability to meet author’s diverse ways of writing is what makes it so coherent and useable. Simplicity is the author’s friend and Bell embraces it. He believes that his system will never fail an author because, no matter what happens, it will deepen their novel.

How Has Understanding Bell’s Concept Improved My Writing?

His concept will help better infuse my theme into my writing. My experience with it has already given me more confidence. My thanks goes out to James Scott Bell for putting his discoveries into this simple, short book. 

Title: Write Your Novel From The Middle
Author: James Scott Bell
Pages: 72
Publisher: Compendium Press
Released: February 23, 2014
See more on this book and author here.

A powerful secret and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction!

What’s the best way to write a “next level” novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called “pantsers,” because they write by the “seat of the pants.”

Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. These are the “plotters.”

The two sides never seem to agree with each other on the best approach.

But what if it’s not the beginning or the end that is the key to a successful book? What if, amazing as it may seem, the place to begin writing your novel is in the very middle of the story?

According to #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell, that’s exactly where you’ll find your story’s heart and heat. Bell’s “Mirror Moment” is the secret, and its power is available to any writer, at any stage of the writing process.

Bringing together years of craft study and personal discovery, Bell presents a truly unique approach to writing a novel, one that will stand the test of time and serve you all your writing life.

“I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell’s books on writing craft!” – Kami Garcia, #1 NYT Times & International Bestselling author

2 Comments Add yours

  1. AshleeW
    March 17, 2014
    10:05 pm #comment-1

    Hmm …! Looks very interesting. Thanks for the review! I’m going to have to see if I can get my hands on it soon!

    • Brent King
      March 17, 2014
      10:54 pm #comment-2

      You’re going to have to Ashlee. I’ve read it several times now, and it has really helped me to understand what makes my main character tick (what lies he believes and what his greatest need is) and how that fits in the structure of my book.

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