The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer

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Overview

A treasure-trove of scene-writing wisdom from award-winning author and teacher Sandra Scofield

To write a good scene, you have to know the following:
• Every scene has an EVENT
• Every scene has a FUNCTION in the narrative
• Every scene has a STRUCTURE: a beginning, middle, and end
• Every scene has a PULSE...

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Overview

A treasure-trove of scene-writing wisdom from award-winning author and teacher Sandra Scofield

To write a good scene, you have to know the following:
• Every scene has an EVENT
• Every scene has a FUNCTION in the narrative
• Every scene has a STRUCTURE: a beginning, middle, and end
• Every scene has a PULSE

The Scene Book is a fundamental guide to crafting more effective scenes in fiction. In clear, simple language, Sandra Scofield shows both the beginner and the seasoned writer how to build better scenes, the underpinning of any good narrative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143038269
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 511,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Scofield is the award-winning author of seven novels and a memoir, and is a popular workshop instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and other conferences.
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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Informative, but Redundant and Difficult to Get Through

    The Scene Book begins as most books of this nature do, with a description of the writer. I read this for a class, and knew that it would probably be boring and from someone qualified, but unfortunately for me it was actually dreadfully boring and while Scofield may be a qualified writer, she relies so heavily on the writing of others that her own lessons drown in examples. It is so hard to teach the art of fiction, but when left to the professionals sometimes it can come across as informative. Scofield does not do the field justice, using her own dry writing style with a mix of random writing examples she finds interesting. Personally I think this book can be cut down into a single chapter. The examples are unnecessary and her lessons are almost all a complete reflection of one another. I would recommend this only to someone who has no idea how to set up a scene.

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  • Posted February 5, 2015

    This is a succinct look at the building of scenes, which are the

    This is a succinct look at the building of scenes, which are the building blocks of compelling fiction and narrative non-fiction. A great resource for writers. 

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    A book to keep in your lap

    I'm a new narrative non-fiction writer and this is a book for a fiction writer, but I still found it almost indispensable for working on scenes in my memoir. What's more, I have read other books on writing and none covered this subject in such detail or at all. I had not thought of scenes as having four basic elements for example. One of them is function. I had not thought before to look at my scenes to see if they served a function. I came across this book as I was completing a revision and it gave me so much to think about, I kept it in my lap and went back over it numerous times. In fact, it's in my lap now, as I look once again at Chapter 5.

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