Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Scene Focus

That moment before sunrise,
right before sunrise
is vivid and memorable.
There's a focal point of significant action. Eyes are drawn to the yellow ripples wafting above the peaks and the blazing spot rising from the ridge. The surrounding elements frame the moment, giving it texture and balance. There's a feeling of anticipation veiled in a hint of mystery. Details that only minutes before were swallowed in the grey night are illuminated, showing rich composition and depth.

It's a breaking-through moment. A glimpse. Scenes in stories share these qualities.
•Begin a scene at the moment where conflict and drama ignite. If I start too early I just have the great mass of night. Lovely in its own right, but not compelling.

•The scene begins and ends in anticipation. Even if the next scene doesn't follow the same character or timeline, each scene carries the seeds of new plot developments.

•Texture and balance are exposed relative to past scenes. Those pieces take on elevated importance. What will have light in the new scene? What will still be in the shadows? Reveal the complexity of the situation and the humanity of the characters. There is a full scope of emotions and motives at play. Subtle actions or words allude to interpretation or misinterpretation.


Taffy said...

Thanks, Canda! I'm revising scenes this week/month/year.

I wish I could go to the writing workshop this weekend! Looks like a great workshop.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Eloquently stated and a gorgeous photo. It's both scary and exciting that there is such a narrow window for the 'perfect moment where conflict and drama ignite'. What a great thing to aim for.

Alice said...

I love sunrises! Thanks for the great tips!

kbrebes said...

Nice! Thanks!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love the analogy to the sunrise. Characters are so challenging!