Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Setting the Scene

Characters and plot are equally important to creating a world for our readers to escape into. Breaking down the plot, we realize it consists of many scenes that make up the collective as a whole. How can we effectively establish solid scenes? There are a few ways and I’ll be discussing them on this blog over the next few weeks. I’m not claiming that this list is complete, but it will provide a good point of reference.

Here are the topics I’ll cover:

-          POV Character. Make sure the reader knows whose point of view they are in immediately and stick with them.

-          Location. What are your characters doing in the scene? Set this up early on.

-     Purpose. Ensure that every scene is intrinsic to making a difference to the character or outworking of the plot