So, this week we're talking about setting the scene. Instead of discussing it, I thought I'd show examples. They were written on the fly but I think they did their jobs. Of course, they were only snippets of a scene. No moment, decisions, conflict, etc. occurred in them.
How do you set your scenes?
There are so many different ways to do it--tone, word choice, description, setting, conversation, etc. We could talk forever about them. But I think there are some absolutely essential rules for writing scenes:
1. Make sure you do it! :0) Don't just leave the bones without any meat.
2. Change it up. Don't write every scene the same way, using your automatic tried-and-true pattern. Play with different techniques.
3. Find an anchor. Mark the movement in the scene, whether it's physically, in dialogue, a first person insight, etc.
4. Identify the conflict. Change up how you do it, but make sure it's there. A novel without conflict is like chicken curry without the spice--missing something really important!
I'm really trying to incorporate all of these in my novels. That was something I really had to work on last fall when I edited--creating more movement, enhancing conflict, especially. My tried-and-true is always in setting, so as I write fresh scenes now I'm trying to approach it differently. Right now it feels like I'm writing with my left hand (as a right-hander, it's feels "awkward", even with all the years of practice per that reoccurring New Year's Resolution), but I think it's creating more flavor and layers in the story. At least, I hope so!
What would you add to this list?
Have a great weekend! See y'all Monday!
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