Tagged with scenes

Adding Tension to Every Scene

In her book Writing a Killer Thriller, Jodie Renner says every scene should have tension/conflict. To prove her point, she quotes a bunch of famous people:   “In fiction, the best times for the writer–and the reader–are when the story’s main character is in the worst trouble. Let your character relax, feel happy and content, and be worried … Continue reading

Writing a Strong Scene

I want to dig into the book Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner. I started a short series a week ago, then got sidetracked by something shiny. Now I’m back. The part I found most useful regarded scenes. Chapter 5 has a list, a process, to go through when planning a scene. The process comes from Jack … Continue reading

What Every Scene Needs

The book Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner has a ton of useful information for writers. I’m in chapter 5 today, entitled Every Scene Needs Conflict and a Change. If there’s nothing happening in your scene, if everything is nice and happy, your reader will be bored and reach for the TV remote. That can’t happen. So spice … Continue reading

Executing Scenes

I’m sifting through the book Story Engineering, by Larry Brooks and giving you the best stuff. He offers six core competencies of a great story. I’ve already covered 1-4 (check past posts to catch up). The fifth core competency is scene execution…. Continue reading

Weakest Scenes

In my never-ending study of the craft of writing, I came across this tidbit I need to share. I found it in James Scott Bell’s book, Revision & Self-Editing. He challenges writers to identify the ten weakest scenes in our current WIP, then follow t… Continue reading

What I Learned from Sun Tzu

I bought myself a Christmas present last week. “The Art of War for Writers” by James Scott Bell. I read about it on Steve Laube’s blog and just had to have it. Now I’m glad I splurged.Sun Tzu presented orderly principles to his generals for battle… Continue reading