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What You Need to Know About Writing Scenes
I’m a reader before I’m a writer, so I crave better scenes in all the stories I come across. So, here are all my articles available on scenes in one place. In each article, I push past the basic advice of there are only a set number of scenes or they have to happen in a particular type of order. What I teach are the functioning parts of scenes and how you can use them to heighten your story.
Beginners Guide to Scenes
Sell more stories, engage your readers, and create memorable pieces.
Write Better, Right Now: Types of Conflict
Conflict can be anything that stands in the way of what a character wants. So, you can imagine there is a variety of types of conflict. Each type has a purpose and works best in certain situations in your story.
Write Better, Right Now: Using Microtension in Your Writing
Writers use microtension to add depth to their writing and stories. Without microtension, there wouldn’t be those minuet changes in tension and atmosphere that happen throughout a great story.
Write Better, Right Now: Enhancing Your Themes and Thematic Statement
While themes and thematic statements crop up throughout our stories, we can consciously weave them into our work to drive the desired effects in our readers. Once we make the choice of what themes and what thematic statement we want to write with, we can start layering them into our works, enhancing both our stories and our themes.
Write Better, Right Now: Finding Your Story’s Themes
Like thematic statements, themes aren’t necessary, though readers may find themes in your work you did not intend. To help steer your story in the right direction in the reader’s mind, elect specific themes you want to explore in your story. Now, a theme can be any idea like love, dating, alcoholism, fighting, capitalism, or stoicism. The list goes on and on.
Write Better, Right Now: Dialogue as Exposition
Using character voice as exposition may seem like a simple technique, but more often than not, writers do this in a heavy-handed way. This leaves their dialogue stilted, dry, and an obvious story function that drains their prose. Blending story exposition and important story information allow you as the writer to keep your story engaging while feeding your reader what they need to know to stay grounded in your story and characters.
Write Better, Right Now: Developing Our Characters’ Voices
Once you’ve found your character’s voice, how do you deepen it to make it memorable and engaging? This is the second biggest hurdle a lot of writers face. They’ve found that cool voice and they’re like ‘Great! I’m done.’ But going the extra step to develop, deepen, and shape that voice around your story can create an even richer voice and engaging dialogue throughout your story.
Write Better, Right Now: Interior World of Characters
The interior world of characters or their interiority is an important part of characterization. It gives the reader insight into who the character is when no one but the author is looking.