1 Simple Equation to Help You Start a Scene

by Beth K. Vogt, @bethvogt

When you unpack a novel, it is nothing more – and nothing less – than a series of scenes strung together in the proper order: action, reaction, action, reaction, and repeat for 95 thousand words or so. Voila! You have a novel, which you then rewrite.

You didn’t think I’d skip the rewriting part, did you?

But it all begins with a scene.

How to Write a Memorable Romance Scene

by Michelle Griep, @MichelleGriep

Nobody wants to admit to
reading romance novels. Those are for the trashy sort, the kind that hang out
in laundromats, the losers with awkward social skills who don’t have a hope of
ever snagging their own happily-ever-after. Right?
Wrong-o bucko.
Besides that statement
being politically incorrect and highly intolerant,

4 Questions to Ask Yourself After You Write a Scene

By Michelle Griep, @MichelleGriep

Just because you’ve written a scene doesn’t mean you can pack away your computer and grab yourself a brewskie. Guess what, little writer? Your work is NOT done. There are some questions you need to ask yourself after each and every scene you write . . .

1. What was the conflict in this scene? Were the stakes dire enough?

Using Coloring Emotions to Create Unique Scenes

by Susan May Warren, @SusanMayWarren

An aspiring author once asked me about describing a character’s emotional responses in a scene (show don’t tell!) and still be original every time. So let’s talk about it. What is a good way for describing emotional responses with originality?

I love this question because it’s all about going deeper with your characterization, and really drawing the reader into the story in a way that connects.