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The Trouble with Exciting Scenes

Lesson 4 Chapter 1 Module 1

The Problem


Sometimes the scenes we like the best can lead us astray.

This is less a lesson than a reminder: orientations are still important even in your most exciting scenes! 

Make sure you are properly orienting your readers (in relation your protaognist) before your big exciting shocking scene gets going.

Similarly, if your draft is feeling like something just isn't quite flowing, I suggest you can go back to your last BIG scene. Did you miss an orientation?

What happens if you add one in, or expand what you already have?

  • While this is extremely true, I personally find the example at 2:50 a little misleading.
    Not because Daniel is wrong but because I have seen this done out of context so often especially in books targeting women that it has become a major pet peeve of mine, if the main character goes on and on about their love interest in absolute inappropriate moments of the story.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t want to know what’s going on in their head, but rather than about them being in an argument with person X. I would want to know how they feel about going down to the catacombs, and what they are hoping to achieve there. And if it is about person X then they better have been partner up till now, and they never have done that on their own!
    It connects the plot and the character and their emotions to each other, and doesn’t make them appear like a person who is basically a mindless zombie except for their love life, and you maybe laugh but pick up almost any young adult books and you would cry with me about this!

    Please don’t make woman and young adults to slaves to their hormones, even if they are madly in love it’s not the only thought one has.

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