Elements of a Scene, Part 2

Strategically crafted and placed scenes can add an entirely different level to you writing. Instead of having strings of the same type of scene over and over and over and over, you should mix up different types of scenes. This would not only keep the reader entertained, but it would give oomph to your writing. What would these different types of scenes do? What ARE the different types of scenes? There are several:

Private Scenes:

Private scenes happen all internally. These are the scenes that focus on one character and one alone (at a time) and lets the reader understand where this character is coming from, what they think, what they believe, etc. These can be the times when the reader really gets to understand how particular characters tie in to the plot–how they are important to what’s going on and why. They can be used to reveal emotions, opinions, and ulterior motives for any character.

Dialogue Scenes:

Dialogue scenes are used to how the reader what characters have to say in their own way of saying it. If a character is of a particular heritage, feel free to have that character speak in a certain vernacular. If they are not educated, let them show it. There is no right or wrong way a person speaks; dialogue scenes let your characters speak for themselves–literally.

Action Scenes:

Action scenes do just what they suggest–they provide the action of your story. These are the plot-propelling scenes. You cannot have a climatic event without action. This action can be anywhere from one character pushing another into the mud to one character loping off an aggressor’s arm. Anything that a character does to another character, short of yelling or slandering them verbally, is considered action.

Climatic Scenes:

Climatic scenes are dramatic scenes. These are the scenes that provide most of the tension in a story. This is when everything seems to go wrong. Either a character has done something for the wrong reasons or all of the actions performed previously have achieved a result that was not expected, you pick. This is when emotions are high and choices are made that add to the continually growing tension of the story. Usually, it is one of these scenes that will constitute to be the actual climax of a story.

A good writer should utilize all four of these scenes to make a well-rounded and attention-grabbing story. Having these different types of scenes make appearances alternately throughout the story, will give your story it’s own unique flair. You can arrange and re-arrange these scenes however you would like–just be sure you use them.

Stay tuned for Part 3 which will touch on the elements of the beginning, middle, and end of a scene.

Thanks for reading!

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3 thoughts on “Elements of a Scene, Part 2

  1. Very well. This is a useful reminder. I’ll keep tabs on your blog.
    Nice use of color by the way =)

    Peace & Love,

  2. Pingback: Elements of a Scene, Part 3 « Whisperer of Words

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