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  • Writing a scene

    - Tomas

  • #2
    Re: Writing a scene

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    what is necessary for the physical nature of the scene.

    Dialogue that is to the point without beig too expositional.

    bare minimum of any action that might be taking place.


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    Next revision will round it out, add or subtract lines to make it a smoother, more industry "standard".

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    • #3
      Re: Writing a scene

      I write it out like I would the second or third draft, only I don't spend so much time worrying about being perfect. Whistlelock pretty much said it like it is.

      Steph
      "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." --T.S. Eliot

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      • #4
        Re: Writing a scene

        I've been told some writers write the action and leave the dialogue for later.

        I always write the dialogue and then add some action. Then I try to figure out what dialogue can be removed and shown instead of said.

        I know it's a weird way of doing it, but it seems to work. My scenes aren't filled with dialogue, but everything that remains is what needs to be there.

        Since I'm not really a visual thinker, I have to do each scene multiple times from different perspectives, but dialogue only seems to get the scene written quickly for me.

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        • #5
          Re: Writing a scene

          SCENE HEADING

          Briefly describe location if it's the first time.
          Tell who is in the scene and what they are doing.
          Decide which character wants what.
          Have that character try to get it.
          Set up for what happens in the next scene.
          "I am the story itself; its source, its voice, its music."
          - Clive Barker, Galilee

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          • #6
            Re: Writing a scene

            Tja Tomas - läget?

            I try to keep the following in mind when creating a scene (given that it is more than one character in the scene):

            - What information must be gained in the scene? (for the audience/reader, the main character and the other characters)

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            - Where should I begin the scene (may I re-construct the previous scene)?

            - How do the characters feel when they enter the scene - where do they come from?

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            - How can I make the scene visually interesting?

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            - What could be foreshadowed and where should it be paid off?

            - Make a nice transition into the next scene.


            Dialogue (the hardest part for me)

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            - Do the characters have their own voice or sound too alike? (know their backstory!)

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            - Let the characters do

            - Subtext (kind of difficult in the first act I think)

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            If possible, I try to apply a three act structure to the scene, but it only works sometimes…

            J

            /H

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            • #7
              Re: Writing a scene

              I play the scene in my head, over and over and over, making little adjustments here and there -- adding to it, subtracting from it, coming up with interesting, appropriate actions, visuals and lines of dialogue, etc. -- until I'm happy with it*, then I just write what I see and hear.

              * "happy" from a first draft perspective, of course.
              I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

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              • #8
                Re: Writing a scene

                Thanks for sharing! Always fun to hear how other people do.
                - Tomas

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                • #9
                  Re: Writing a scene

                  Subtext (kind of difficult in the first act I think)


                  Why is subtext any different in the first act?

                  I'm not saying it's easy executing good subtext but it shouldn't be any different in the first act than any other.

                  Are you saying you need to understand a character before you understand their subtext?

                  Not sure what you mean, but I would have to disagree.
                  I wanna tell you about the time I almost died....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Writing a scene

                    Yes, because in the first act the readers/audience don't know the characters that well and they often need to know some background. Even if the subtext should be pretty obvious to them I find it hard to write in the first act. Maybe it's just me(?)

                    /H

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