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.
Continue reading “1 Simple Equation to Help You Start a Scene”
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?
Besides that statement
being politically incorrect and highly intolerant,
Continue reading “How to Write a Memorable Romance 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?
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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.
Continue reading “Using Coloring Emotions to Create Unique Scenes”