Part 1 – Stating the scene goal (1 short paragraph) State what the protagonist‘s goal is and why. Display character emotions of anxiety and suspense. Part 2 – Suspense building (a few paragraphs) Have the[…]
A scene is a mini-story, with a beginning, middle and ending. It shows actions, embedded in description and background material.
Writing the action scene. Growing up in our cosy modern day lives, it’s easy to forget how natural and common violence truly is. People use violence, simply because it works.
The denouement is everything that follows after the climax, with one purpose: to wrap up the story. Readers now crave two things. First, a final reactionary scene to show the consequences of the plot and the fate of the characters. Second, answers to all remaining story-questions.
Scenes exist to make events happening in your fictional world feel real to the reader. Each scene must therefore relate to the plot. Every single one.
Story beats provide a way to analyse narrative and they provide reference points writers can use when looking at particular stories. The type tells you the purpose performed by the beat. The resolution marks the emotional state in the audience by the beat.
The beginning of a scene should lay out the characters, their relationship, the environment and the basic conflict. A common mistake is to feel the need to establish all the information at the top of the scene. Let the exposition happen naturally. Let the readers discover who and where everybody is and what their relationships are. That’s half the fun.
Don’t just love it when a book grabs you from the first paragraph and you just can’t put it down? You find yourself carrying the book around so that you can keep reading at any chance you get. Many writers aspire to writing a page-turner. Some writers have a natural talent for it, fortunately for the rest of us, it is a skill that can be learned.
Prologues & Epilogues