Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes

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Writer's Digest Books, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 218 pages
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Writing page-turning fiction depends on your ability to create rock-solid, believable scenes. Scenes act as dynamic structures that thrust both your characters and readers forward through conflict, baiting them with goals that may–&break;In Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, Raymond Obstfeld leads you through the creation process, examining all the elements that go into making scenes successful, cohesive and compelling. Tackling topics like finding a scene's "hot spot," identifying its dominating purpose and avoiding a cliched ending, Obstfeld provides essential reading for novice and novelist alike. Using examples from film, short stories, and best-selling fiction, he documents why and how scenes work. You'll learn:
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  • what is (and isn't) a scene&break;
  • how to make scenes memorable&break;
  • how to use point of view&break;
  • how to focus on character, plot and theme&break;
  • how to make scenes pay off&break;
  • how to structure a scene&break;
  • how to use setting&break;
  • how to revise a scene&break;
  • the importance of first impressions
&break;&break;Every page of Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes opens a new window of opportunity for writers by offering valuable insight, articulate advice and expert examples. It's a reference, a road map and a romp, all rolled into one. So go on–make a scene. And make it unforgettable.
 

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Contents

What a Scene Isand Isnt
1
Jump Right InThe Words Are Fine Starting a Scene
9
SizeWise Determining Scene Length
30
He Said She Said Deciding on Point of View
38
You Are Here Using Setting
51
Fond Farewell or Good Riddance Ending a Scene
60
Shape to Fit Focusing a Scene on Character Plot or Theme
72
The P3 Equation Making Payoff Scenes Work
86
Hello Stranger First Meetings
94
When Characters Collide Action Suspense Scenes
104
Whats So Funny? Comic Scenes
127
Love Lust Romantic Sex Scenes
144
The Long GoodBye Final Scenes
161
From Mess to Masterpiece Structuring
182
From First to Final Draft Revising
196
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