Elements of a Scene

Samantha House

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I’m editing again. This time around I’ve been using the Elements of a Scene Worksheet by Jami Gold and freaking hell has it made a difference. Here’s why.

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Firstly, it’s giving me direction. The sheet is making me go through my story scene by scene, checking that each one has essential elements, important elements and bonus ones. Any that are missing I make a note of so I can go back later and fix it.

Secondly it’s making me look at the story with fresh eyes. I’m finding that I can see where there is too much backstory, where entire scenes are not needed (although it’s important to note that I needed to write them so I knew the story) and where I need to expand things.

I wish I had found this sheet earlier. It is…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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2 Responses to Elements of a Scene

  1. Pingback: On Writing: Elements of a Scene, by Samantha House – Writers Envy

  2. Great resource! Thanks, Anna! 🙂

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