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Judy Dunn, a blogger who educates, entertains and engages. Writing The Perfect Scene. Having trouble making the scenes in your novel work their magic?

Writing The Perfect Scene

In this article, I’ll show you how to write the “perfect” scene. Maybe you think it’s impossible to write the perfect scene. After all, who can choose every word perfectly, every thought, every sentence, every paragraph? What does perfection mean, anyway? Honestly, I don’t know. But structure is pretty well understood. The Two Levels of Scene Structure A scene has two levels of structure, and only two. The large-scale structure of the sceneThe small-scale structure of the scene This may seem obvious, but by the end of this article, I hope to convince you that it’s terribly profound.

Before we begin, we need to understand how we keep score. Your reader is reading your fiction because you provide him or her with a powerful emotional experience. If you fail to create these emotions in your reader, then you have failed. Large-Scale Structure of a Scene The large-scale structure of a scene is extremely simple. GoalConflictDisaster. Top Tips for a Good Plot - The most fundamental element of any work of fiction is the plot.

Top Tips for a Good Plot -

In the most fundamental of terms, the plot is the story that is being told within a work of fiction. If you are interested in advancing your own skills in the realm of writing, specifically in the writing of fine fiction, you will want to take a moment to consider these top tips for creating a good plot. Understanding the Principle of “Suspension of Disbelief” Of course, the plot is the heart of fiction writing. Therefore, by definition you are “making up a story.”

The fact is what you are trying to do when it comes to the development of a believable plot for your story or novel is to “suspend disbelief.” Maintaining Structure Another tip that you need to keep in mind when it comes to developing a good plot for your story or novel is ensuring that you maintain structure. Perhaps the best two tools that you can utilize to ensure that you maintain the structure of your plot are to outline and to edit. Editing and Your Plot. Modern Author Showcase. Writer Unboxed. THE ALCHEMIST'S KITCHEN. Let The Words Flow. Lady Scribes. Blog - Murderati. Unmissable articles on writing. Advice for authors. It happened again.

Advice for authors

There I was, meeting with someone who I thought had nothing to do with books or publishing, and it turns out his new book just came out. With more than 75,000 books published every year (not counting ebooks or blogs), the odds are actually pretty good that you've either written a book, are writing a book or want to write one. Hence this short list: Lower your expectations. The happiest authors are the ones that don't expect much. Fuel Your Writing. Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing! Alone, With Words. Writers write in order to be read.

Alone, With Words

This is obvious. But the speed with which words, once written, are now being read—a speed shaped by technological innovations long before the Internet turned the quick turnaround into the virtually instantaneous turnaround—has set me to thinking about the extent to which writing, for the writer, ought to have a freestanding value, a value apart from the reader. There is too much talk about the literary marketplace, the cultural marketplace, and the marketplace of ideas. We need to remember that a book—or a painting or a piece of music—begins as the product of an individual imagination, and can retain its power even when largely or even entirely ignored.

(The paintings of Piero della Francesca were overlooked for several centuries.) Writing, before it is anything else, is a way of clarifying one’s thoughts. I am not saying that writers need to be or ought to be isolated, either from other writers or from the reading public at large.