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Monday, November 1, 2010

Writing in Scenes

Kids' novels have a lot in common with scripts. I learned that from a very reliable source, many years and many false starts ago. So instead of just plowing ahead and writing a lot of blah blah blah on my middle-grade novel this NaNoWriMo (which I enjoyed doing very much last year during November, the blah blah blah), this year I think I'll learn more about writing in scenes.
 Good advice from Darcy Pattison. 

"If you’re used to writing scripts, scenes in a novel work a little bit different. For scripts, scenes are mandatory and a new scene starts any time the location changes: for example, if a character is outside a house and walks inside. Scenes in scripts tend to be short. For a novel, a scene can extend longer and cover several minor changes of setting. So, if you’re used to writing scripts, instead think of scene sequences, or a series of scenes that cover a distinct goal of a character."

She's helping writers move along with their manuscripts this month: 30 days to a better manuscript. Sounds like a plan. Give it a try!

Beginnings, middles and ends -- that's what scene-writing is all about.
In a nutshell.

In a Nutshell...

1 comment:

Soozell said...

Loving your visuals, A. I'm already 1667 words short.