If things had gone according to plan, I'd be writing act 3 (of 4) this week, but a combination of a week spent visiting family and edits/revisions for a book that's actually under contract, have derailed my NaNo project. (How is YOUR NaNo manuscript coming along?)
Last Tuesday I mentioned tackling the midpoint as the climax of Act 2. This means that something major has just happened. This event will change the direction of your story. It will increase the stakes. The pace will pick up.
Everything is going wrong for your character, but things are suddenly looking up for you, the writer. Why? Because once you've reached the midpoint, gravity is on your side. All this time you've been pushing a giant snowball up a mountain, but now that you've reached the peak, all you have to do is give your story a giant shove and race downhill toward the end. (HA! as if it were that easy, lol)
You've created your own momentum. Ask yourself what is now driving your story forward and keep those elements in mind at all times.
In my story my protagonist fails (which forces her to come up with a new plan -- a change in direction). There's a very real and imminent threat that she'll lose what she holds most dear (a raising of stakes). She's running out of time (an increase in pace).
You're now closer to "The End". Maintain a sense of urgency and keep on going!
What are your tips and tricks for getting through the second half of a novel? (I need all the help I can get so PLEASE share!!!)