Making a scene

Andrew M. Friday

One thing I find helpful for NaNoWriMo is making an informal list of scenes. The key is to not get married to this list; just use it as a jumping point. I usually end up moving the order of the scenes around.

Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking of scenes:

  • Think of a scene in fiction like you would a scene in a movie.
  • Think of a scene as incident with a beginning, middle and ending.
  • Your list can be just one word per scene or several sentences. It’s up to you.
  • The writer can use one setting or several for a scene.
  • Conflict is the main ingredient for the scene.
  • From which character does the point-of-view for the scene need to be written?
  • Personally, I find it helpful to write the entire story in scenes for the first draft. I say “scenes” as opposed to…

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