The last few months have seen Faith, Hope and Love online RWA ® chapter members (and former members) achieve admirable semifinal results in many contests for inspirational authors. The chapter is very proud of the talent and perseverance of (and recognition extended towards) each author entering publishing industry contests. First up is the grand-daddy (grand-mammy?) of […]
I guess I identify with the TV detective, Adrian Monk, who said, “I don’t mind change. I just don’t like to be around when it happens.” All my life I’ve disliked change. I still recall the sinking sensation I felt when I heard that a favorite pastor was leaving for another church. I remember the knot in the pit of my stomach when I walked onto Ward 5-C on my first day as an intern. And butterflies populated my inner regions when I stood at the front of the Little Chapel In The Woods and watched my bride-to-be walk down the aisle.
There are eight elements that make up an effective scene:
1. In an effective scene – something happens
The ‘something’ doesn’t have to be remarkable – it can simply be a stroll through the park or a trip to the beach. It can be as simple as a single activity or as complex as several dozen story beats rolled together.
Have you ever had this wonderful scene pictured in your mind, a scene filled with vibrancy and character insight and high drama? A scene with purpose and drive, one that is integral to moving your story forward? Yet when you get it down on paper, it somehow seems flat and lacking in the sparkle and subtle nuances you wanted to convey.
I’ve developed a checklist you can apply to a scene, either before, during or after you’ve constructed it, for gauging whether you’ve used all the tools available to paint the picture you intended.
Transitions are those small but oh-so-important words or phrases that help guide your reader across these story gaps smoothly and while still remaining grounded in your story. There are several techniques or devices that you can utilize to do this effectively. Some of them are: