Guardian: Welcome back to the writer's brain. I thought I wouldn't be seeing you again.
Sheep #1: We like it here.
Sheep #2: It's comfy.
Sheep #3: And there's food.
Guardian: But you're just standing there. Flocking. Why aren't you continuing along the road? I know the end of your journey is up at the top of that mountain on the horizon.
Sheep: #1: That's an awfully long way. Our hooves will get scuffed.
Sheep #2: We've very proud of our appearance. Scuffed hooves are humiliating.
Guardian: That's what's stopping you from moving? The fear of scuffed hooves?
Sheep #1: No, of course not. That was an example of our dry wit.
Sheep #2: We're very dry.
Sheep #3: No, it's the writer. She's in the middle. Look that way. (points delicately to the left) See that mountain? That was the beginning of the plot. We've been there.
Sheep #1: We've got tee shirts.
Sheep #2: That mountain over there (points gracefully to the right) is the end.
Sheep #3: This valley? This verdant, lush valley with plenty of grass and wonderful trees affording dappled shade? This, my friend is the middle. However...look out!
Sheep #1: Damn.
Guardian: What is it?
Sheep #1: Mud puddle. There's mud everywhere. That's the irony of the middle. The hidden menace, if you will. It's so easy to get stuck.
Guardian: Is that the writer's problem right now?
Sheep #1: When you're in the middle you can start to see the end, which is encouraging, of course. She's been wanting to get to the end for a long time. But then she's realizing all the things which must be accomplished in the middle. Look!
Guardian: It's another tree affording dappled shade. That's new.
Sheep #2: The writer has just remembered another step she has to take with one of the sub-plots. There's a myriad of sub-plots.
Sheep #3: We could be here a while.
Guardian: But look over there! If you continue through this valley and head toward the foot of End Mountain there appears to be a cooling pond.
Sheep #1: It does look pleasant.
Sheep #2: And refreshing.
Sheep #3: Okay, we'll keep going. Time to get through the middle and get to the end. The end. I've heard it's a wonderful place.
Guardian: I'll see you there.
Sheep #1: Don't forget the tee shirts.