I was off work on Friday, however that does not mean I rest. I cleaned floors, washed clothes and managed to run a few errands while chasing my 8 month old son around the house. My 5 year old daughter also keeps me busy, although she's a great help.
However, the busy-ness of the day kept me from posting my progress yesterday. Though minimal, I did manage to continue plotting my book and I started two charts for my 2 main characters.
That progress continued this morning. I'm happy to report I've gained another 500 words to my draft as of yesterday. Today, my total is 2,423. I'm approaching the middle of the book. I'm working between reviewing some brief plot points I made a few weeks ago when I outlined the book. I used Michael Hauge's Six Stage Plot Structure. I've got to say, this tool really helped me visualize each major part of the story.
I also use a GMC chart that Debra Dixon teaches in her book: GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. You can actually purchase a copy at the link above. Using GMC helps me to understand where my characters have been and where they are going. Although, I always have doubts as to whether the GMC is strong enough and the character's GMC will usually change, and should change, as the story progresses. Right now, I don't know that I have a strong handle on either character's GMC. I know where they've been and where I want them to end up. It's that sagging middle that always worries me. And right now, I'm at the point of plotting where I wonder how I'm going to overcome that sagging middle problem.
After all, I want my story to be that svelte hourglass-figure shape... not that unhealthy pear shape.
How do you overcome the sagging middle? Or, a weak character? Do you just write and write and worry about the flaws of the story in revisions?