Your characters need to travel, see the world—be it as simple as a room in their house or an exotic place across the globe or maybe another dimension entirely. Novice writers often think setting the scene is the very first thing that the reader needs to know before they even meet your hero. They need to know where your character is, yes, but not every excruciating detail about the world. Set a mood with the character as the mouthpiece.
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Rosenfeld October 11, Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between.
A work of fiction will comprise many scenes, and each one of these individual scenes must be built with a structure most easily described as having a beginning, middle and end.
Visually, in a manuscript a new scene is usually signified by the start of a chapter, by a break of four lines called a soft hiatus between the last paragraph of one scene and the first paragraph of the next one, or sometimes by a symbol such as an asterisk, to let the reader know that time has passed.
Each new scene still has a responsibility to the idea or plot you started with, and that is to communicate your idea in a way that is vivifying for the reader and that provides an experience, not a lecture.
Scene launches, therefore, pave the way for all the robust consequences of the idea or plot to unfurl. Start each scene by asking yourself two key questions: Where are my characters in the plot? Where did I leave them and what are they doing now?
What is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in this scene? Only you and the course of your narrative can decide which kinds of launches will work best for each scene, and choosing the right launch often takes some experimentation.
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Keep in mind the key elements of action: It takes time to plan a murder over late-night whispers; to cause an embarrassing scene by drunkenly dropping a jar at the grocery; to blackmail a betraying spouse; or to haul off and kick a wall in anger.
They are sometimes quick, sometimes slow, but once started, they unfold until finished. The key to creating strong momentum is to start an action without explaining anything: The lack of explanation for what is happening forces the reader to press on to learn more.
The action gives clues to the reader: The characters are led into a room full of wildly decorated salads that one character is uncertain whether he should eat or wear, which gives a sense of the environment—probably chic. Clearly something more is going to happen in this environment, and judging from the tone of the paragraph, we can probably expect irony and humor.
To create an action launch: An outburst, car crash, violent heart attack or public fight at the launch of a scene allows for more possibilities within it. Do have a bossy character belittle another character in a way that creates conflict.
When his face turned pink, horror filled her. What have I done? In large doses, narrative summaries are to scenes what voice-overs are to movies—distractions and interruptions. The afternoon before, I planned how I would tell her.+ free ebooks online.
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