By: Linda S. Clare
Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a look at why readers tend to gravitate toward scenes over narrative.
WHERE THE ACTION IS
Readers are drawn to action, tension, conflict. If your scenes are not about these three things, they may seem as boring as a narrative passage, but in most cases, scenes at least have
dialog for readers to hang onto. The parts of your
novel which show an escalation of tension and conflict are almost always a good
place for a scene. The rest–where not much happens–can be (Should be!)
summed up with a simple sentence or two or often eliminated entirely. Elmore
Leonard supposedly said his secret was to “leave out the boring parts that
readers skip.” We novel writers would be wise to follow his advice.
CREATE MENTAL MOVIES
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