The Scene Defined

Any discussion of novel writing or storytelling in its many forms will at some point touch upon the topic of scenes. The word “scene” itself sounds so visual that it automatically brings up the question of the age old writing dilemma of when to show and when to tell. So, the real question is what makes a scene a scene? What elements of fiction writing need to be implemented to create a successful scene and how should your scene work within the context of your story as a whole?

Author Sarah Domet discusses these questions and more in this excerpt from her forthcoming book 90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining and Writing Your Book (due in December).

The article is a great discussion about constructing your scenes: the scene’s goal, what characters are necessary for the scene, what is the conflict, and how the scene works to forward the novel. It’s a great preview for a wonderful book. Check it out.

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About seescottwrite

I'm a writer and editor. I've worked for Writer's Digest, HOW and Popular Woodworking and have authored and co-authored several books including "The Monster Spotter's Guide to North America," "The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook," and "The Writer's Book of Matches."
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