Marshes, Monsters and Mud: Writing the Middle of Your Story

There is a stretch of chapters in every novel that is affectionately nicknamed the “Murky Middle."

The Murky Middle is so named because, as an author, you’re wading through a proverbial slough with no end in sight, slushing your legs through knee-deep slime and mud. This is the part of your story where you forget why your hero is the hero, why the villain is the villain, and generally feel like the whole story is grinding to a halt.

So what's an author to do?