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I was wondering if you have any advice for getting "over the hump?" I have
several novels begun, but I seem to get about 50-100 pages in and get stuck.
Any advice?

Hello Stephen:

You have not given me enough information to answer your question. Why do you get stuck? Are you bored with the story or the characters? Do you know where you are going and how the story will end? What will happen in the middle? What do you feel when you get stuck on the hump?

Come back with the answers to these questions and I will try to help you further.

You also may want to try this: write a one-page synopsis of your story. If you have not planned it out, do so. Add to the synopsis until it reaches about 10 pages. Keep adding according to your plan. Don't stop to edit yourself, just keep adding to the synopsis until all the important things are in, and you have 10 or more pages.

I hope this helps. If it does, a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high scores over 1900 questions.

Thank you for writing!

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I can answer questions about the elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: how to get started, writing techniques, re-writing, etc. I will NOT write for you, do critiques except from my website at, or give you ideas. I will not answer home-or-schoolwork questions in any category. If English is your second language, please say so, and I will make an exception. Please submit no more than one or two questions at once, as I tend to go into detail in my answers.


I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

BA degree in Written Communication

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