A beginning, an end and a fat, juicy middle


A story should have a beginning, an end and a fat juicy middle, with plenty of meat. Otherwise, inevitably, you lose your reader.

Why on earth – say the readers you’re busy losing – should we go to the trouble of understanding you? We don’t want to do your work for you. Why don’t you take us for an enjoyable ride someplace?

And you can’t blame the distractible readers. Beginning, end, and juicy middle, that’s what people want.

Vincenzo Malinconico, the self-styled unreliable narrator of Diego De Silva’s I Hadn’t Understood (Europa Editions, 2012) p 20.

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7 thoughts on “A beginning, an end and a fat, juicy middle

    1. I think it was B.S. Johnson who wrote a book that came as loose pages in a box so you could arrange them any way you liked. It might not work so well for crime, though.

  1. How about this quote from Heraclitus: Eliot quotes it at the beginning of Four Quartets;
    ‘The way upward and the way downward are the same.’
    Being a Latin whiz, I’m sure you can quote Heraclitus in the original!

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