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Kobo Writing Life

By Angela Ackerman

Many authors, when in the throes of scene planning, are all about the action. They know who the players are, what they feel, and what needs to happen. With those three biggies squared away, it’s really just a matter of pounding out the words, right?

Nope.

A critical piece of the puzzle needs our attention first: choosing where the action takes place. And this storytelling element, the setting, deserves our respect. It’s no slap-dash backdrop, no mere stage for the characters to stomp across while DOING VERY IMPORTANT THINGS.

Choosing The Right Setting Will Transform Your Scene

It’s true; the setting is powerful. It pulls everything together like a magnet, shaping the events  and infusing your characters with a depth that cannot otherwise be achieved.

Don’t get me wrong, the action is important—very much so. Your characters have a job to do in each scene; they do…

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Let the scene write itself

My words, My life

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An old clock is hanging on the wall of my room. This replica of cuckoo clock has lost its pendulum and sitting on the perch of the clock’s window the old wise owl is quiet now.

It’s ten in the morning and looking at the sky, I can see the pale yellow sunshine which is a sign that winter season is slowly creeping in.

Outside, sitting on the hanging line, the sparrows are chirping. My mother is in a habit of placing bird’s seeds and they’re here to eat them.

Right now, I’m thinking of the university building which is on the back of my home. The construction work is on its way and the hammering sounds are disturbing me. The building is not far and I can hear the builders are laughing and talking with each other.

In a street there’s a cart vendor. His voice is loud but…

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How to draft a scene in 5 easy steps

Cara Langston

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Lack of inspiration. Every writer struggles with it. If you’re like me and trying to write an 80,000+ word novel, you’ve probably struggled with it more than once.

Let’s face it–some scenes are simply easier to write than others. The ones with dramatic shouting matches are my favorite. I can sit down at my laptop and, without distractions, crank that baby out in a few hours. But out of hundreds of scenes in my book, only three involve shouting.

The most difficult part of creating a first draft is getting words on paper. Once the words are there, you can edit them to your heart’s content. But what happens when the cursor is blinking on a new page? When you have no idea how to begin?

I like to take a step-by-step approach, creating a base and then building onto it, as I’ll illustrate below.

Step 1: Add dialogue

I’ve found…

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If you think your memoir doesn’t need a plot, you’re making a big mistake.

Terena Scott

Memoir is a story about someone’s life, right? Sure, if you want it to be boring.

A good memoir is not just a series of events shared chronologically. It is a tale with heroes, villains, conflict, subtext, and a great plot to keep the pages turning. Writing events down chronologically might be fine for a history book or genealogy, but if you want to engage your readers, you need to think about action. One event in a life has a direct impact on the next event. Everything you do effects the people around you and how your life develops.

A scene is action. Plot is a series of actions. When you outline your memoir, think about the actions that shaped your life and made you who you are.

Perhaps you were born in Cleveland, then you moved to LA when you were 10. Those are facts, and you might want…

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