Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Creating Scenes

Sometimes I feel like this at conferences--

Last week, Jenny Hansen shared these ideas about scenes at UVU Book Academy:

•She begins a scene with revealing the goal the POV character has.
•That's followed by a dilemma to achieving that goal.
•Then there is a disaster to achieving that goal making it doubtful that it will happen.
•Next, the POV character has to reconsider the options available to achieving the original goal.
•Finally, the POV character makes up their mind how to move forward to the resolution of the dilemma. (This becomes the initiating goal for the next scene.)

2 comments:

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

Just wondering...does every chapter need to have some kind of a dilemma to solve?

Canda said...

I'm betting, like anything, every author does it differently, but this is how she writes books. I think I can learn a lot from trying this to tighten up my scenes and increase the tension at the same time.