Thursday, September 12, 2013
Scene Structure -- writing tip
Question from the e-mail bag: Other students in my writing class say they have trouble following my scenes and one commented that I needed more "structure." Any ideas on how to do that?
Answer: Every scene has the same structure.
Here it is:
1. Transition, preferably with hook. Who? When? Where? With A Problem Statement with a hook.
2. Rising action and dialogue. Everything that happens in the scene and in the right order.
3. Turning point of the scene The place where something changes forever.
(if there's no point, the scene goes, no matter how well written)
4. End/resolution of the scene, preferably with another hook. Usually when we come to the end of a scene,
* * *
we indicate it with the double line break, at least two extra lines of "white space" and most people use the three stars, a line, or some other indication, because if your copy ever gets sent to a publisher, who will run it through a typesetting program, that program will close up any and all the blank lines.
Once the turning point is reached, set a final hook, and the scene ends. The Scene Ends Right There! Yes, as soon as the point is made, regardless of what else might have really happened later in real time.