Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

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In Make a Scene, author Jordan E. Rosenfeld takes you through the fundamentals of strong scene construction and explains how other essential fiction-writing techniques, such as character, plot, and dramatic tension, must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance and structure to the overall story. You'll learn how to: Craft an opening scene that hooks readers and fore-shadows supporting scenes, Develop various scene types-from the suspenseful to the dramatic to the ...
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Overview

In Make a Scene, author Jordan E. Rosenfeld takes you through the fundamentals of strong scene construction and explains how other essential fiction-writing techniques, such as character, plot, and dramatic tension, must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance and structure to the overall story. You'll learn how to: Craft an opening scene that hooks readers and fore-shadows supporting scenes, Develop various scene types-from the suspenseful to the dramatic to the contemplative-that are distinct and layered, Tailor character and plot around specific scene types to better convey the nuances of your storyline, Create resonating climactic and final scenes that stay with readers long after they've finished your work.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582975320
  • Publisher: F & W Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007

Table of Contents


Preface     X
Introduction     1
Architecture of a Scene
Functions of a Scene     5
Strong Scene Launches     13
Powerful Scene Middles     21
Successful Scene Endings     29
The Core Elements and the Scene
Setting     39
The Senses     52
Character Development and Motivation     61
Plot     68
Subtext     80
Dramatic Tension     87
Scene Intentions     95
Scene Types
The First Scene     105
Suspense Scenes     117
Dramatic Scenes     127
Contemputive Scenes     142
Dialogue Scenes     157
Action Scenes     173
Flashback Scenes     182
Epiphany Scenes     193
Climactic Scenes     203
The Final Scene     213
Other Scene Considerations
Multiple Points of View     227
Your Protagonist's Emotional Thread     239
Secondary and Minor Characters     250
Scene Transitions     258
Scene Assessment and Revision     266
Index     272
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