As author and writing mentor Rosie O'Neill shares, scenes are the DNA of stories. When we understand how to craft a compelling scene we take huge steps toward writing a page-turning book. Here are tips on how to do just that.
Scenes really are the building blocks of any novel, a pocket of story that frames your characters and plot in a defined time and place.
Making sure these building blocks are working hard for your manuscript helps to develop a finished project that's really captivating and compelling – and crucially, not carrying any extra weight or unnecessary words.
These are things I usually dig into as I'm revising or editing, but if you're a writer who outlines extensively, it can also be a great way to plan a really secure first draft.
1. Is your scene doing enough?
Your first point of call is to assess why the scene is there in the first place. What's it doing in the wider landscape of your novel, and is it doing enough to stay in there as you revise?