Monday, August 17, 2009

Great Scenes

“Something happens in great scenes, something that changes the lives of characters in some essential way. and the reader knows it …” -- Sheila Kohler in “Secrets of the Great Scene.” [Crafting Fiction, Poetry & Memoir: Talks from the Colgate Writers’ Conference, 2008]
I hadn’t thought about this before, but it makes sense. Every time a person encounters a new situation, he comes away changed in some way. This needs to happen to my characters too. That’s not to say every scene has to effect a change. The purpose of some scenes may be to prepare the character (and reader) for the next “great” scene in a story or novel. It's the setup scene that's often missing or underdeveloped in my stories.

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