Posts Tagged ‘dramatic action’

The Door Into Scene

Scenes are the building blocks of the long story.

Scenes are the building blocks of the long story.

One simple step can save your next scene.

Even with the loosest of plot outlines, authors usually have an idea of the next thing that can happen. But there are always options. Refer to the action or insight in a narrative bridge? Bring it on stage by itself? Tuck the information bit by bit into several scenes?

“Forward the plot” is the usual scene advice. But even following that criteria it’s  easy to write tepid, low-interest scenes. So how do we sort out the on-target and meaningful next sequence?

Let your intuition help

Here’s a quick way to help you open the right door into the next scene: Give it a title.

It doesn’t need to be catchy or meaningful to anyone else. But to you, it reflects the dramatic essence of this sequence. Examples from my work in progress:

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The Tight Abs of Your Novel

Beginners’ novels tend to sag in the middle. We have lost some of the fire of the beginning. We are still far from our stunning resolution. Yes, the protagonist is in trouble, but he’s been in trouble for 200 pages, and it’s all beginning to blur. Sound familiar? The problem, of course, is the plot.

When Inspiration Fizzles

A deep and rich plot will bolster middles. Almost every unpublished manuscript I read suffers from weak plotting. Not that the events aren’t interesting; but there’s not enough there. Read More…