The Scene Book A Primer for the Fiction Writer

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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A treasure-trove of scene-writing wisdom from award-winning author and teacher Sandra ScofieldTo write a good scene, you have to know the following: Every scene has an EVENT Every scene has a FUNCTION in the narrative Every scene has a STRUCTURE: a beginning, middle, and end Every scene has a PULSE The Scene Bookis a fundamental guide to crafting more effective scenes in fiction. In clear, simple language, Sandra Scofield shows both the beginner and the seasoned writer how to build better scenes, the underpinning of any good narrative.

Author Biography

Sandra Scofield is the award-winning author of seven novels and a memoir, and is a popular workshop instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and other conferences.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the reading writer
The scene primer : sense and structure
The basics : basic concepts about scenesp. 3
Event and meaning : how actions add up in scenesp. 22
Beats : how a strong central event can be broken down into beatsp. 42
The focal point : a place where a scene converges and turnsp. 54
The heart of a scene
Pulse : how the pulse carries action and emotionp. 59
Tension : how tension increases reader involvementp. 72
Negotiation : an alternative view of conflictp. 92
Images : writing that appeals to the sensesp. 106
Some useful scene skills
Scene activity and character responsep. 125
Scene openings : establishing scene elements in opening linesp. 142
Big scenes : scenes that have many charactersp. 156
Moving to independent study
Reading for story and scene : learning to read scenes as a writerp. 175
Evaluation : using various templates to evaluate your own writingp. 180
Scenarios : a helpful accessory to planning narrativesp. 189
Sample scenes
From more than alliesp. 195
From opal on dry groundp. 204
"Shout"p. 211
"Cartography of a heart"p. 218
Further reading
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boyp. 229
Catherine, called Birdyp. 229
The smell of the nightp. 230
Child of my heartp. 230
Lost in the city : storiesp. 231
Breathing lessonsp. 232
Bodily harmp. 233
Birds of Americap. 233
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