Posted by: nancyisanders | May 20, 2015

Chapter Book: Ideas for Your Middle


Let me tell you a story. A true story.

Here’s what happened in the beginning of the story:
My brother and his wife came to visit us a few weeks ago. They planned to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada! I wanted to hike a little bit of the trail with them when they were passing near our house, but there wasn’t really any place that we could connect with them locally in a timely manner. They had to keep moving pretty fast to get north as fast as possible to avoid the desert during the hottest months. So we drove them to the Mexico border where the trailhead is and we said “Good-bye!”

End of Story:
That’s me in the photo at the top of this post, sitting on a couch in the middle of the forest on the Pacific Crest Trail above 8000 feet…because, guess what?!!! My husband Jeff and I got to hike 2 miles of the trail with them after all!!!! (Okay, so I’m not a long distance hiker, lol.)

So your question now is:
What happened in the middle that changed everything so I got to hike with them after all? (And what in the world is that couch doing out in the middle of the woods?????)

So here’s what happened in the middle:
We got a phone call from my brother saying that they got caught in an unexpected snow storm and freezing weather. Even their shoes were frozen! So they had to come off the trail near our house for several days while the snow melted. We drove up to the hotel where they were staying, took them a couple of supplies, and then got to hike with them for a little bit after all. My dream came true! (Oh, and that couch was put there next to a dumpster filled with food supplies by people called “trail angels” who leave supplies to help the hikers who are hiking the trail…but that’s another story!)

THAT’S what we want our middle to be like in the story we’re creating.

We want to think of something significant that CHANGED the character and the action and the story so that the ending could happen.

So go ahead and brainstorm ideas for your middle until you think of one that will really be a gem!



  1. A story with a happy ending πŸ™‚

    • Yes!!! And 4 more months of hiking for them, too!

  2. Now that’s a story. πŸ™‚

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