Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 7, page 1 of 2)


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Chapter 7

Another important element of the short story is a scene. Think of a scene as a piece of a story. Usually a different scene begins when the time or place changes. A scene, then, happens at one time in one place.

A scene should do one of these things: (Or depending on the story, more than one)

1. Give exposition 2.Reveal character and/or 3. Advance the plot.

The story as a whole has a beginning, middle, and end. So does a scene. Writing stories will not beso daunting if the writer thinks of it as a series of scenes and writes the scenes one at a time. To make things easier, you can write a scene to fit each part of the plot structure that we talked about earlier.

Scene one tells where and when the story takes place, introduces characters, and hints at conflict.

Scene two starts the action. We have the first major outbreak of conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist.

Then, write a separate scene for each one of your complications, one that describes the climax or high point of your sentence and a final scene to wrap your story up.

Assignment: Keeping in mind that a scene must take place at one time and one place, find a short story, television show, etc. and divide it into scenes, briefly describing each scene.

Then tell which one(s) of the three things the scene does. (gives exposition, reveals character, and advances the plot.

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