Can you stay on a roll?

I think you can. In fact, if you’re writing fiction, I know you can.

Before getting into the details, let’s take a look at a special purpose definition of a scene. In most cases scenes have a specific unchanging location and a specific set of characters.

For our purposes, let’s say that a scene is an area of focus for a chunk of your story. The location might change during the unfolding of the scene. You’ve scene this sort of thing in car chases.

And people might be coming and going in a scene. For example, the main character might stop at a news stand and talk with the vendor.

This definition of a scene helps us keep a flow going. In other words, we can keep a scene rolling along in our mind’s eye while reporting what we see.

Our report is our written story.

Let’s imagine the starting point of our scene. We have one or more characters in a specific location.

We simply get that scene (mental picture) in mind, and describe what we see, hear, smell, or feel. We describe in writing – possibly in a voice typing application.

There are lots of ways to keep the story rolling.

We can look to any of our perceptions and see how they might be changing. Report that.

We can pay attention to what our characters are saying. Or we can imagine that one character is about to say something, let it happen and describe that.

If we get stuck we can look to the edges of the scene, and possibly slightly beyond the edges and report that.

People could be entering our scene and leaving the scene. When our scene reaches some sort of end point we can take a break and then repeat the process with a different scene.

There is much more about this in my online course “How I Wrote a NaNoWriMo Novel in 6 Days – Speed Writing Your Novel for Creativity, Productivity, and Self-Confidence“. (NaNoWriMo means National Novel Writing Month.)

You can see the course by clicking here.

May your muse be with you.

Jim Kitzmiller