Tuesday, December 8, 2009

First words in a scene

Finished Chapter 34; 60,228 word count Yippee! Broke 60K!

Writing Tip: I started the scene as Hollee admires the cave Fenworth had found for a special purpose. Can't tell you what the special purpose is. Anyway, I re-read that paragraph, and decided I need to back up one step to when Fenworth, Librettowit, and Hollee are "whirling" to their destination. Whirling is a wizard form of transportation. The chapter began much stronger by just backing up one step. We are often told to begin in the middle of action. If you want to talk fancy it's in medias res. Hollee was in the middle of spinning around and around to see the whole cave, but it was much more interesting to begin in the middle of being transported. Think carefully when you begin a chapter or a scene. You want to make a good first impression.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to point out that "in medias res" is stressed so much to newbie writers they sometimes take it to extremes, leaving out valuable information that sets up the scene. I don't want to be bored with background, but nor do I want to be plunked down in the middle of something with no clue what's going on! If it's confusing to the reader--back it up a step :).