The premise is essential to the story. Without it, the conflict is not maximized. The “good vs. evil” effect is moved out of the way and replaced by the mediocre.
Consider this premise: Women should be treated like queens. If the story goes along and everyone is treated like a queen, that gets the job done, but no one will read the story. You would have been better off wasting your time playing video games or doing something else rather than taking the time to write a novel.
Yesterday we talked about how to begin a scene and how to end a scene: FROM HEAD TO TOE. Today, we need to talk about the in-between.
Think of a runner. The runner knows where to start, and he knows where to finish. If he doesn’t, then he’ll never have a chance in a race. That’s why we started with the beginning and the end of a scene first. Where are you now, and where are you heading? Continue reading →
Scenes are essential. We know that. No surprises there. But what should a scene be like? What dictates the beginning and the end?
Let’s explore like Dora. By the way, she’s a super cool exploradora.
A scene should begin with setting. Sounds obvious, but a reader longs deeply within her soul to know where your characters are. This could be a detailed description, or it could be a few words like: “he slumped into the floor chair”.