How to structure a scene
Some tips to find what works best for you and your current project
Hi Sooz! Thanks so much for all of the honesty and openness that you continue to share. I was wondering what writing a scene looks like for you? I remember seeing an old post about starting with dialogue, but as far as balancing action, dialogue, description, weaving plot points through, etc. how do you look at a scene and consider it “done” for that draft? But also without doing too much in one scene either?
This is quite a question, Leslie, and one on which people have written entire books and teach entire classes. Because what does constitute a scene?
I’ve seen so many definitions myself, and frankly, I don’t agree with many of them. I think a scene can be long, it can be short, it can be nothing but exposition, it can be nothing but action and movement. The character could have a goal; the character could also just be thinking.
In fact, if you’ve read The Luminaries yet, then you’ll know I played with scene f…
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