Longform writing: how to avoid the ‘saggy middle’ — and end strongly

Middles: organising your story into scenes and chapters

“Chapter Seven” by Jonathan Thorne CC is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Organising stories by chronology

Organising stories by key ‘scenes’

Organising a story by place or space

“Map, point” by steelmonkey is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Organising a story by themes (breaking down the problem)

Endings: resolutions and looking forward

“Binocular Boy” by amseaman is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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If you’ve come across any different approaches to endings, or to organising longform writing, please do let me know in the comments on the original post or on Twitter @paulbradshaw.

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Paul Bradshaw

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Write the @ojblog. I run the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism @bcujournalism and wrote @ojhandbook #scrapingforjournos

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