The pinch points are minor plot points that occur in the middle of the second and third quarters. In this video I explain how pinch points are used to increase tension and to remind the reader of what the protagonist has at stake.
- There are two pinch points. One is in the middle of the second quarter, and the other is in the middle of the third quarter.
- The pinch points should increase tension, raise the stakes, or remind the reader of what the protagonist has to lose.
- The pinch points can be big or small, whatever suits your story.
- The pinch points help keep tension high throughout the middle of the novel.
Questions to Ask About Your Novel
1. Does your novel have pinch points?
If your novel doesn’t have pinch points, adding them can really help to maintain the reader’s interest. The pinch points can also help avoid the dreaded “saggy middle” that afflicts many unpublished manuscripts.
Comment Question: Do you find that pinch points come to you naturally? Are you going to add pinch points to your novel?
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