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Writing on Wednesday (March 18, 2015)

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Writing on Wednesday is a way to keep this particular writer on track (I hope!). These are weekly posts/updates where I will share something from the past week of writing with the readers of this blog. Sometimes it might be something I’ve learned, found useful, or a bit of my own writing and ideas. I hope this will be a time of sharing, encouragement, and accountability. Join me in setting some writing goals to finish that project and celebrate each success.

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When I started to get serious about writing, I looked and looked for books that I thought would be helpful to have nearby. Some of them were good finds, some were not so good. Writing is a complex process. Every writer has their own preferences and techniques, and the best books are those that educate in a way that you can pick what you need, bookmark it and reference it later.

This particular book focuses in on what makes a good scene. It starts out quite broad about the things that every scene should contain and a bit about the construction of a scene. There is information about what to include concerning setting, senses, and characters. It tooks about the beginning, middle and ends of scenes.

What I find most helpful that this book offers however, is an explanation on types of scenes: suspense, dramatic, contemplative, dialogue, action, flashback, epiphany, climactic, and the final scene.

Each chapter looks at what goes in to make these scenes what they are and how they can be used effectively. Some types of scenes are better at imparting information to the reader than other scenes. Others help to increase the tension of the story.

The author of this book does a wonderful job of examining all of these elements, offers suggestions and techniques, and uses examples to back it up. I have found this book to be a great reference tool on my writing bookshelf.

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