Michille: Self-Editing List for Scene

Act II Edited PageI took a page from Kat’s book (or a recent post, anyway) and looked back through my McDaniel Romance Writing class notes. I came across this checklist for self-editing a scene (from the second class). I did not create it. I got it somewhere else (it could have been Jenny or maybe Jeanne). I like it because it guides me with concrete questions that address conflict, motivation, character and story arc, and tension. It along with many other hints/tips/tricks is stuck to the bulletin board beside my desk.  Continue reading

Michille: New Year, New Writer – What is Scene?

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Scene was discussed a lot in the McDaniel Romance Writing program. What is a scene? When does it start? When does it end? How does one scene relate to other scenes? At a basic level, a scene is a unit of conflict that advances the story. As Jennifer Crusie repeated over and over, a scene starts when the conflict starts and ends when the conflict ends. One of the cheat sheets (among many) that I have plastered around my writing space is a series of questions that stemmed from conversations during the workshop on structure. When I write a scene, I don’t always think of all this but I do use it afterwards to analyze and fix the scene. Continue reading