Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: September C. Fawkes

Over the last six months or so, I've learned a few new things about writing scenes. Today, specifically I'm going to share some techniques that can tweak your scene here and there to make it more interesting and to keep it from going stale. They are, expand, deepen, and create motion.

As some of you know, I work for David Farland, so his writing tips and lessons obviously have an impact on me, which is why I make sure to mention him right there on the right-hand column of my blog. Well, one of his writing tips led me to come up with the contents of today's post. This is just like a little hypothesis of mine that has developed over the last few months.

In one of his writing workshops, Dave talks about how in Hollywood, film makers never want to use the same set twice, if they can help it. In one scene, the protagonist will be in a hotel, in another on a boat, in another in an alley. Even if the film takes place in the same castle the whole movie, they will try to put each scene in a different part of the castle--one in the dungeons, one in a tower, one in the entrance hall. We can do this with our scenes in novels too. Instead of having three scenes in our protagonist's kitchen, maybe we want to see if we can move one to a coffee shop and another to the zoo. By having each scene take place in somewhere different, we not only keep the setting interesting and fresh, we expand our setting. We are making our protagonist's world feel bigger.

Obviously, this isn't a rule that all stories should adhere to. Some scenes need to happen in the same room. And using repeated settings can create internal resonance, a "sense of history" (like I talked about in my last two posts), and cultivate nostalgia. Almost all of Harry Potter takes place at Hogwarts, and readers love returning to it. (With that said, keep in mind how many different rooms and places Harry still goes to at Hogwarts. It's big and it's varied.)

But Dave's advice on setting crossed paths with a few other things that were going on with my own writing, and I soon realized that the advice doesn't just apply to setting. I started seeing a lot of other ways to expand and deepen scenes. So that's what I'm here to talk about today. Like I mentioned with Dave's writing tip, the following are not rules that every scene in every story should adhere to, these are just techniques to consider. They're great to turn to if the details in your scene feel stagnant.


Micro-expand Settings

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Book Design: Formatting Poetry Gets A Lot Easier — The Book Designer
  2. Author, Jody Hedlund: How To Become an Amazingly Successful Author
  3. Audio as a Means to Connect and Learn - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  4. 10 things I learned while writing my last book
  5. September C. Fawkes, 15+ Tactics for Writing Humor
  6. September C. Fawkes: Expand, Deepen, and Create Motion--the Three Tweaks that Keep Details Interesting
  7. How To Properly Rot Your Corpses: Postmortem Decomposition
  8. The Complete Guide to Italicization
  9. How to Build Your Platform and Sell More Books with Podcasting by Tom Corson-Knowles — The Book Designer
  10. QueryTracker Blog: The Query Process: laughably bad rejections
  11. Writability: Favorite Online Writerly Resources Roundup
  12. Fiction University: Day Fourteen: Eliminate Unnecessary Infodumps
  13. Book Marketing 101: What to Put On Your Author Website | Lee & Low Blog
  14. Describing your main character
  15. Difference Between Novels and Tales | The Editor's Blog
  16. Bang2Write | On Writing “Rules”: 8 Things I Remember
  17. #WritingTip—Surprises and Revelations
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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