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Lights, Camera, Action: Beginning a Scene


Every part of a scene counts, but the beginning is where it all starts. How do you get your character interested? How do you set the stage? How do you write an epic start?

The first rule is that every scene has to contribute to the plot and idea of the story in some way – but in a way that gives your reader an experience. So the first question you have to ask yourself is, what is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in the scene? Then have a look below to see which way suits best.

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To the beginning writer…


So you want to start writing stories? My advice follows…

Don’t jump straight into the deep end

I always remind people to think of writing a novel like a marathon, and yourself as an athlete. You can just write 26.2 miles through London, you have to practice, complete the smaller races, know the skills and how to be successful. Very much the same with writing – write the shorter stories, know what makes good writing, set yourself daily goals and be committed to your work.

Try and begin writing stories with 1,000 words, then 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and keep moving up the ranks when your comfortable.

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