- 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.
- The sooner you start the action in a scene, the more momentum it has to carry the reader forward. If you find yourself explaining an action, then you’re not demonstrating the action any longer.
- The key elements of action: time and momentum.
- Hook the readers with big or surprising actions.
- A scene beginning needs to move fairly quickly and, on occasion, summary will get the reader there faster.
- Reveal a character’s thoughts or intention that cannot be shown in action.
- Engage with visual details.
- What is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in a scene?
- Where should the characters be put in?
- Why is scene writing so important to a story?