Beginnings are often scary, endings are often sad, but middles are murkey

When I start writing a book, I know exactly how it’s is going to begin. It starts off with a bang. Someone is murdered. A mystery develops. The amateur sleuth is introduced and identifies the suspects. I also know how the book is going to end. There is great peril. It’s intense. The sleuth may lose everything. The murderer may get away. Those two sides of the story are vivid, well thought-out and, best of all, practically write themselves.

It’s the middle that’s challenging.