I am in the process of writing my first book. Currently, I am still in the planning stage waiting for my thoughts to come together before I proceed. I have discovered a couple of secrets to my madness. I have to take my time. I am not in a race to publish a book. I want to savor the experience and write something meaningful. Slow and steady will bring me the results I am after.
That brings me to the word “scene.” What is a scene exactly? To me it represents a place where something happens. Sounds basic however, I think it is more complicated than that. Look at the following info-graphic from Learn How To Write a Novel.com.
A novel consists of a series of scenes linked together to tell a story.
The first step to writing a scene is to decide what kind of scene you want to portray. Do I want an action scene or a reaction scene – is the first thing I think about. The whole idea is to portray the scene to the reader from what you see in your thoughts.
Next, I work on the setting: who, what, why, when, and where. (These are the 5 W’s).
Once my scene is established, I then decide what my character is trying to accomplish within the scene. This is not so much about telling, as it is about showing.
When I introduce action into the scene, I choose words that create emotions within the reader. I want the reader to connect to my story by feeling my words. Depending on the type of action, I vary my sentence structure. This signals a change of rhythm to the reader and lets them know that something is about to happen.
I introduce conflict and dilemmas at the end of the scene to create interest and to tell the story. I think about what motivates my character, so that the actions and decisions my character decides upon make sense to the reader.
Setting up a scene for a reader is exciting. How do you set up scenes for your readers?
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