Monday, October 18, 2010

Writing Scenes and Sequels

Wanted to share this with you.  It's from a book called You Can Write a Romance, but don't let the title put you off.  This advice applies to all writing.
Your book is not written in chapters--it's written in scenes and sequels.  Like a string of pearls, scenes and sequels keep your story on track and moving toward the hero or heroine's goal.  Scenes and sequels are part of the glue that holds your story together.

There are three parts to scene and three parts to sequel; not one of them can be skipped:

Scenes = Action                                 Sequels = Reaction
1. Goal                                                 1. Reaction
2. Conflict                                            2. Dilemma
3. Disaster                                            3. Decision

There are two goals in the first scene of your book: a story goal and scene goal.  The story goal is the character's ultimate goal that she/he is aiming for when the story opens.  The scene goal is how to overcome the obstacle that has blocked her/his path to the story goal.  The scene goal will open every scene after the first scene in your book.  Once the story and scene goal are established, begin writing conflict.

Conflict is the meat of your story--the heart of the struggle toward a happy ending.  Every scene ends in conflict or the foreshadowing of conflict.  Not every conflict has to be the size of an atom bomb.  It can be something as simple as spilling coke on a prom dress ten minutes before the character's date arrives.

Once that disaster happens and you've explained it through emotion and action in the scene, go straight into the first point in sequel: reaction.

Okay, maybe this will give something new to think about in your own execution of writing scenes and sequels.   I hope it's been helpful.

Keep Writing, Ya'all,
Sunny Marie

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