Scenes are the basic unit of a story. One could argue that words or sentences or even paragraphs are the basic unit, but those are just the tools. Scenes, on the other hand, are stories within the story that advance the story. Scenes show us more about the characters, show us how the action changed the hero, or show a change in the relationship between the participants. Scenes are always about change, about action, and reaction.
So, tonight let's talk about scenes, how we write them, why we write them, what we hope to accomplish with our scenes, how scenes work together to create the whole.
As always, any topic that will help us improve our writing is fair game in these discussions, so feel free to bring up any of your writing concerns.
The group No Whine, Just Champagne will meet here at this article for a live discussion about writing and the writing life on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:00pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT). Hope to see you, but if you can't make it then, the discussion will continue during the days afterward, so please stop by and tell us what you think.