S is for Scene

27 Sep

“Certain images create private little excitements in the mind.” E.L. Doctorow

When I think of a scene, I think of an image, a setting, a portion of a chapter that deals with an action that moves the story forward. Each scene has to have a purpose. Does it introduce a character, explain why something happened, hint at a mystery, or make the reader feel something? There are many reasons for writing a scene. As the writer, you have to determine what needs to happen at that particular moment in the story.

Scene is a basic building block of a story. It allows us to check the pace and speed it up or slow it down. It needs to have a beginning, middle, and an end. The best endings leave you wanting to read more.

Have you created a scene recently? If not it’s about time.

Will miss Marylee and Anita’s book signing at Barnes and Noble. Hope it is fantastic.  I will be in Minneapolis at the Debra Dixon workshop.

Have a great week writing.


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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writing a Novel


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