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The Beginning is Slow
Keep this first section simple. Incorporate lots of conflict but not too many people. One character is good, two are ample.
Make this situation self-explanatory. If you spend a lot of your word count to bring people up to speed as to what’s happening, it’ll make your opening drag. That is, consider a great deal of action and dialogue. Descriptions aren’t necessary and don’t add much here.
Another method by which to pump up the start of your novel is to begin with or create a new motivation for your hero. What causes him to do the things he does? That might get your reader’s [interest] to flow.
Should your novel suffer the dreaded sagging middle, the general secret is to inject additional conflict, more confrontation. Just be sure you add conflict and not just action. (Conflict is your character’s emotional response to action.)
Another technique to prop up your sagging middle is to introduce additional motivation. For example, if at the start of your novel your hero hates women, in your sagging middle your reader may find he actually hates women with tattoos. They also need to find out why he hates this "brand" of woman.
The Ending is Predictable
The third typical problem is when everyone sees the trees long before they come upon the forest.
You can fix this issue in a number of ways. First, like the method with which we fixed the sagging middle, add a new twist. Brainstorm a number of potential endings then pick the one that feels best to you. Be sure to insert this twist far enough back in your novel so it works into your plot with ease. If you just plug it in at the end, it’ll look contrived.
You might also survey your ending to see if you’ve spent too much time explaining loose ends and the like. This often leads to too much narrative and not enough excitement.
You may wish to ensure there are no coincidences at this part of your novel. Your ending must follow that trail of crumbs you left in the preceding parts of your novel.
With a little planning, most plot errors can be corrected. Spend some time with an outline and see what happens.
Did any of you have plot issues with your novel? How did you fix them?
Until we speak again, know I wish for you only best-sellers.