December 19, 2009

Writing the Perfect Scene

A while back, I read one of the best articles on craft I have ever read. Seriously, you have no idea. I was absolutely blown away. The post is called Writing the Perfect Scene by Randy Ingermanson.
The post is based on Dwight Swain's book Techniques of the Selling Writer. I bought this book based on this post. The book is even more phenomenal than I expected. I'm going to add it to my reading list (bottom of the left sidebar) so you can have a direct link to the Amazon page.

As I read Techniques of the Selling Writer, I'm writing down some basic principles that I've found in other places. I'll make sure to post it when I finish the book.

Read this post. If you find it at all helpful, buy the book.

6 comments:

A.J.Johnson said...

Thank you for all of the interesting and helpful post this year. Happy Holidays and my wish for you in the coming year is that it will be overflowing with new and wonderful accomplishments.

Best Regards,
A.J.

Emily C. said...

Thank you so much. I'm glad other people find these helpful. May each of us make big breakthroughs next year!

Nero Grimes said...

I've finished Swain's book in preparation for Nano.

Have you tried Ingermanson's 'snowflake method' for building a novel?

Nero Grimes said...

Just finished Swain's book in time for Nano. Chock a block with incredibly practical advice.

Have you tried the 'snowflake method' for building a novel?

I've been practicing the small-scale structure of the scene, the simplicity seems to be eluding me.

Other than that, I'm limbering up my fingers with the Type Fu app on Chrome.

Emily Casey said...

No, but I've heard good things about it.

Nero Grimes said...

Just a side note.

MRUs are like what Alfred Hitchcock called 'pure cinema'; a POV shot, then a reversed shot of the character's reaction.

Most people think I've flipped when I jump topics, film, literature, science, history, with such breath taking impertinence. That's OK.

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