Is Your Story Clogged?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019


One of my favorite Andy Griffith episodes was when Aunt Bea refused to "call the man" to repair a broken appliance. She came up with every solution possible except for the one that Andy kept telling her, "Just call the man." Now, at this point most of you are scratching your head or doing the sideways "huh" glance and wondering what does this have to do with today's Between the Pages installment.


Indulge me a little more. Today's blog is more for the writer and not the reader. How many of you find yourself struggling with a clogged middle? You started your story fresh and with momentum the first few chapters. Words were pouring freely onto the page, screen, or whatever vessel capturing your creativity. Then bam! The flow began

to slow to a trickle and then just stop because you hit a clog.


Is there a writing plumber one could call? Well, kinda. Mary Marvella, a writer and editor, has just the right tools to help writers unclog their soggy stories. And, luckily she will be presenting at The Southern Pen Bookshop's writers conference next month (May 18, 2019). The one tool Mary believes is the answer to freeing up a story is not a plunger but conflict. Yes, conflict.



So, just call the woman, or at least attend the conference and let Mary teach you how to get your story flowing again.


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