I’m still in that steroid induced haze of hot flushes and headaches that follows any severe episode of asthma. It’s hard to keep thoughts straight. Today I worked on the structure of four scenes, following a guide in On Editing by Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price.
- Brief scene setting
- Establishing characters goal
- Action, dialogue or interaction leading to conflict.
- Success or failure/ resolution of the scene
- Cementing or reflecting on the change that has taken place
It’s only a rough guide but I find it really helpful. I’ve yet to read the entirety of the book but what i’ve learned so far has been invaluable. I tend to lean toward over-writing, editing a scene with the important elements clearly laid out makes it easier to tighten my writing.
Today I wrote 367 words