Tips on Avoiding “The Saggy Middle”

We’ve all been there—after a stellar opening that sets up the book, we come to what’s known as “the saggy middle.” With your opening chapters, you’ve established wonderful, dynamic characters and a juicy romantic conflict! But where to go next? This is often the part of the book where the tension drops off, things take a dip, and the drive to the climax feels a bit…well, slow.

If you’ve been following our Back to Basics blog series, you’ll see that building characters and romantic conflict thoughtfully can help you avoid this issue. Now let’s hear from these Harlequin editors on the saggy middle!