Why write in scenes?
Because it¶s easier to build tension, write tight and stay focused when writing in scenes.Using a scene means everything in that section of the story is focused on the character¶scurrent goal; all obstacles relate to that goal; the disaster increases tension and puts thecharacter in even hotter water. The result is that readers stay tuned.Ok. Take the Box Test.
The Scene Box Test
Pull out a chapter of your current WIP and draw boxes around the scenes.1. Does each scene have a series of actions?2, Is there a beginning, middle and end?3. Does the outcome of the scene make a difference in the story?4. Why did you choose THIS scene? At this point in the story, why did you slow downand zoom in on details to SHOW-DON¶T-TELL this particular section of the story?5. Is there an engine, a question, a pulse, a tension, an anticipation, a something that runsthrough the scene and makes you want to turn the page?I¶ll tell you what I found
Half scenes with either no beginning or no end
Too much narrative
. Hey, I¶m revising!
What did you find?
If you¶re used to writing scripts, scenes in a novel work a little bit different. For scripts,scenes are mandatory and a new scene starts any time the location changes: for example,if a character is outside a house and walks inside. Scenes in scripts tend to be short. For anovel, a scene can extend longer and cover several minor changes of setting. So, if you¶reused to writing scripts, instead think of
, or a series of scenes that cover adistinct goal of a character.
Is writing in scenes easy to learn?
Yes. The basics are simple. The nuances are as easy and as hard as any other storywriting skills.
What will 30 Days to a Stronger Scene cover?