Unlocking The Five Ingredients Of The Scene
The goal for this exercise is to complete an eight to ten page scene in your favorite genre. Now that you’ve written a brief scene for a mystery, and chosen a character through whose point of view we’re seeing the scene, let’s go back and add three or four more ingredients.
- Picture Prompt One: Let’s edit it to make the dialogue really work!
- Picture Prompt Two: We’ll come back again and make sure there’s enough dramatic tension to make the reader really want to turn the page.
- Picture Prompt Three: We’ll make sure that we’ve fully described both the setting and the mood of the scene.
- Picture Prompt Four: After establishing your scene’s mood, we might even use flashback as a device for explaining why this setting evokes a particular mood in your character’s emotions.
It’s not unlike painting a picture, one brushstroke at a time, until you’ve fully constructed your scene. You’ll probably be surprised at how much better you like your final version than the first version you wrote, in which you only focused on the point of view ingredient!
Remember this: If you can write one good scene, you can write the next and the next, until you have a chapter. One chapter, then another, and another, and you’ll have a book! In the process, you may need help with your plot and characters. For this, you’ll find my other techniques -- What If? and Open The Door… And The Characters Will Walk Through! — equally helpful.
If at any point in creating your mystery scene, you feel uncertain about how to proceed, give me a call and we can talk about where you’re at and what’s not working. No obligation!