Posts Tagged ‘fiction writing’

Writing in Scenes, part 2

Last time I talked about writing in scenes: what they are and how they can discipline your writing. But not all scenes are equal.

We all know that some scenes need to carry more weight than others. But which ones? And where do they fit in a novel’s architecture? While there are competing views on what the scaffolding of a novel should be, I’m going to give you the leading one, and the one I use.

There are six crucial scenes that bring your story into focus. Each should be an emotionally charged packet of drama that turns the protagonist’s fortunes (a reversal.) Read More…

Getting Fiction Feedback

Here’s a question I’ve been getting from my fiction newsletter readers, and since it’s awhile before the newsletter goes out again, I thought I’d take a swipe at the question here.

How does a writer get good feedback on a work in progress?

Bear in mind that these suggestions reflect my particular biases. Here goes:

1. Writers’ groups can be helpful at the very beginning. They provide psychological support and motivation. They may also give usable feedback on your fiction.

2. Do not go to writers’ groups hungry for validation or fearful of criticism. Repeat this ten times before every meeting. You are there to find out what the piece needs in order to be better, period. Read More…