A Scene Defined
The scene is the unit of story, and in a book usually starts with a character arriving and ends when something has changed. A scene propels the story forward.
- Scenes in a book are anchored in a certain place and certain time.
- A narrative summary can describe the specifics of your scene.
- Scenes usually contain some type of visible action, not just internal thinking from the character.
- Do not use italics for internal dialogue, or what your character is “thinking”. Once the standard norm, the point of digging deep is writing inside your character’s head.
- Keep the scene and action moving. No backstory in the first chapter (maybe two). Hook the reader, and save the backstory for later.
- Skillfully weave your backstory into the story, these can be tension filled scenes into itself.
- End scenes (chapters) with a hook—a punchy, pithy statement.
Does your scene play like a movie in your head?