#6 of only 12 sentences you need to define your entire novel.
If your novel were a play, the Setup would be Act I. Act II would be split in two: Response and Attack. In Response we saw the hero flail and fail. In Attack, they’re no longer reacting to what’s done to them, to circumstances. Instead, they’ll become a driver for the action, attacking the problem head on. They’re no longer an aimless wanderer.
The event which changes all that is the Midpoint.
At the Midpoint we share something new which changes the context, shifts the weight of events in the perspective of the reader or the hero or both. Just when the hero thinks he has it figured out everything changes. The curtain parts. As he sees what’s really going in, the hero shifts from response to attack, from wanderer to warrior.
Write one sentence describing the new information which changes something, whether circumstances or perceptions, and turns your hero from failing reactions to assertion, attack.
Tomorrow, #7: Attack.