Writing tip of the month.

A scene is more than a setting.  Like any narrative, fiction or nonfiction, a scene has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  It shows time, place, characters present, and it has a conflict.  Quite often, the first three are established by preceding scenes and carried forward by transitions that tie the scenes together.  The conflict can be as slight as a hint of a character’s nature, or as broad as an obstacle that rises in a character’s path.  The length of a scene depends solely on the subject that must be covered so that it contributes to the story.  All scenes must contribute.  Just remember, good writing hinges on the use of few words rather than a flood of many.

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