Scene Book A Primer for the Fiction Writer

ISBN-10: 0143038265

ISBN-13: 9780143038269

Edition: 2007

Authors: Sandra Scofield

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A treasure-trove of scene-writing wisdom from award-winning author and teacher Sandra Scofield To 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.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Sandra Scofield is the author of seven novels, including Beyond Deserving, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in southern Oregon.

Introduction : the reading writer
The scene primer : sense and structure
The basics : basic concepts about scenes
Event and meaning : how actions add up in scenes
Beats : how a strong central event can be broken down into beats
The focal point : a place where a scene converges and turns
The heart of a scene
Pulse : how the pulse carries action and emotion
Tension : how tension increases reader involvement
Negotiation : an alternative view of conflict
Images : writing that appeals to the senses
Some useful scene skills
Scene activity and character response
Scene openings : establishing scene elements in opening lines
Big scenes : scenes that have many characters
Moving to independent study
Reading for story and scene : learning to read scenes as a writer
Evaluation : using various templates to evaluate your own writing
Scenarios : a helpful accessory to planning narratives
Sample scenes
From more than allies
From opal on dry ground
"Cartography of a heart"
Further reading
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boy
Catherine, called Birdy
The smell of the night
Child of my heart
Lost in the city : stories
Breathing lessons
Bodily harm
Birds of America
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