For all you first-time writers struggling with the middle of your story, here’s something to remember.
Our idea of our novel is never the whole story.
The solution to getting through the middle of your first novel or memoir is to remove your focus from the “plot” and place it squarely on your character’s dilemma.
A dilemma is a problem that can’t be solved without creating another problem.
By focusing on the dilemma that your character is struggling with (he may not even be conscious of it — probably isn’t at this point), you will be pulled directly into the conflict, and new possibilities will emerge.
Writers sometimes struggle with realizing how incredibly malleable story actually is. Let your characters lead the way. Focusing on my protagonist’s dilemma changed the way I approach story.