They key to writing a page-turner novel is creating scintillating scenes––they shine, they’re dazzling, unforgettable, and brilliant. Writing sparkling scenes make the story something the reader can’t put down and will read long into the night. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes We wrap this up with another scene model: reading scenes in context.
We’re winding down this series on writing scintillating scenes. Last time, we looked at one model––to review elements in a scene. This time we’ll look at scene analysis. Writing a sparkling, crisp scene helps to create a story the reader can’t put down. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
As we begin to wind down our study on scenes, this post will begin to look at one of three models, three different ways of looking at scenes. These final posts will be shorter, in order to focus on one way at a time. Review a scene’s elements, examine the context, or analyze the scene. Examining scenes will help you integrate what you’re learning. Your scintillating scenes will create page turners. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
Big scenes. They are important to your story and will drive it along. How do you write a big scene? Is it a small focus, but vital to the story? A big scene may have only two characters interacting as part of a larger event, such as a wedding or funeral. Or a big scene could have many characters interacting together. Big scenes are important, whether the focus is large or small. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
How do you begin your scenes? There are several ways to open a scene. Let’s look at them. The way you open a scene will either draw the reader in or they’ll put your book down. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
You’ve heard it said that writers should write using all their senses. Here’s why. A scene without sensory detail or imagery created by elaborating details is just a sentence. Create scintillating scenes by inserting unforgettable word images in the reader’s mind. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
This time, we’ll look at tension and conflict from a different perspective, an uncommon and sometimes unconscious way of looking at it. We do it in our everyday lives, and it has the potential of creating peace or conflict––negotiation. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
It is understood that conflict is at the heart of out stories. It drives the action, forces character change, and keeps things interesting. But what if we thought about tension from a different perspective?
I’ve talked about tension before, but it’s part of building scenes, so let’s look at it again. We’ll look at both building and releasing tension. Tension brings intensity to a scene and draws the reader in. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
“Drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain. La-di-da-da-di, la di da di die.” Like an old Sonny & Cher song called, “The Beat Goes On,” every scene must have and include “beats.” Different than a song rhythm, beats are necessary to round out your scenes. We’ll look at them, how to structure your scenes around them, and how the different elements richly add to your scenes and stories. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes
Last week, we learned that a scene is and has––action. Action is what happens. Every scene should have an impactful event that occurs during it. As the story progresses, each scene adds its contribution to the overall tale, to make an event. Scene events don’t always need to be spectacular, but must be meaningful and interesting, moving the story along. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes Continue reading “Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part II”