Writing scenes


  1. http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/10-ways-to-launch-strong-scenes
  2. http://anoveledit.com/novelscenes.html
  3. http://hollylisle.com/scene-creation-workshop-writing-scenes-that-move-your-story-forward/

Summary: (Hints/Tips)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The key elements of action: time and momentum.
  4. Hook the readers with big or surprising actions.
  5. A scene beginning needs to move fairly quickly and, on occasion, summary will get the reader there faster.
  6. Reveal a character’s thoughts or intention that cannot be shown in action.
  7. Engage with visual details.


  1. What is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in a scene?
  2. Where should the characters be put in?
  3. Why is scene writing so important to a story?

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