Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman: Setting up Scenes

Posted: March 23, 2015 in graffiti living
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Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman.

Setting up Scenes:
There is an overarching dramatic question which writes all the scenes of a novel. So too is there for most individual scenes, the building blocvks of the blockbuster novel. This setting up of a dominant unresolved issue around which the novel’s characters have a huge stake is central to the plotting of a book as a whole. Each scene is almost always more than just a well-written account in description and dialogue of an episode between characters. Popular authors deliberately / intuitively BUILD their scenes. Somewhere in 1st few lines or paragraphs (or carried over from an earlier scene) a question is raised which can be anything from will Corleone kill Sollozzo to will Feliks find out from Lydia where Orlov is hidden – inform the reader early, either before scene begins or just as it starts, ot what character wants and is trying to accomplish, or of what danger / pleasure lies ahead, about which the character involved knows little or nothing, the author sets up suspense for the oncoming scene. Reader becomes hooked and wonders how the particular issue will be resolved. Attention can then remain engaged through pages of relatively non-dramatic back story etc, until issue is joined and scene’s dramatic question is answered or at least dealt with.


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