Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time [NOOK Book]

Overview

Write Scenes that Move Your Story Forward

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

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Overview

Write Scenes that Move Your Story Forward

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 foreshadows 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582976891
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 11/9/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 200,567
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jordan E. Rosenfeld (www.jordansmuse.blogspot.com) is the creator and host of the literary radio program Word by Word: Conversations with Writers on NPR-affiliate KRCB radio. Her essays and stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Night Train, Pedastal Magazine, the Summerset Review, the Red Hills Review, and the Dickens Literary Journal. Her articles and essays have appeared in such notable publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, The St. Petersburg Times, and she contributes book reviews to KQED Radio's California Report.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

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    Most writing books are either too simplistic or esoteric. MAKE A SCENE (to risk sounding like Goldilocks) is just right. A perfect mix of theory and practical, usable advice. Emphasizing 'The Scene' as the basic building block of fiction makes good sense emotionally as well as creatively. This book will help and encourage you. MAKE A SCENE is thoughtfully aranged and Jordan Rosenfeld's voice is cajoling, supportive and helpful. A solid book. A beginner should read it to see how to proceed a pro should read it as a reminder of the proper way to proceed. Imminently sensible and practical. Pick it up, it will help any fiction writer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    Writing scenes that move your story forward is given in many ex


    Writing scenes that move your story forward is given in many examples. Different scene structures listed with their components, is a valuable reference tool for completion of a novel. Individually scenes may be intense or mild, contemplative or dramatic, but when they are used in combination, they form a fantastic narrative that feels rich and complex. Entertain and inform the reader through clear and powerful scenes. This book should help build a vivid scene, and link each of your scenes to create a compelling narrative that will engage the reader. When researching for my novels, this book can help keep structure in my research, and reference as needed throughout my writing. I own a copy of this book and appreciate the expertise in its writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

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    Almost Indispensable

    I started using this book after I was almost finished with my memoir, but went back over the entire manuscript with the book in my lap. The lessons it contains are so accessible and practical. Especially useful are the chapters of different categories of scenes, how you approach the scene, how you end it, how you transition to the next one-- all so helpful. Most of what I learned I was able to apply in small additions, subtractions and alterations. The examples are very good for clarification, but the sheer concrete advice is what I really valued. Every book on writing make so much sense until you try to apply it, but this one really spells out how to write a scene.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

    Good Thoughts for the New Writer

    This book offers some great tips on how to bring a story to life. It gives tips on defining characters, setting, plot, and more. Useful for anyone thinking of writing their first novel. Provides examples from many great works of literature. I definitely recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    A Better Understanding

    "Make A Scene", is by far one of my top five writer's references. Jordan Rosenfeld has written this book in a way that helps the aspiring writer fully understand not only the (novel's) structure, but also the novel's inner-workings. Once you read this book, and utilize it as it instructs; one will immediately have a better grasp on their approach to writing a (novel), or (short-story), etc.

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