Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman: Your Big Scenes

Posted: March 31, 2015 in graffiti living
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Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman.

Your Big Scenes:
Does your novel contain a good number of big scenes, episodes that radically alter the destiny of an individual character or the dynamics between your characters? REWORK YOUR OUTLINE SO THAT IT DOES – these scenes can encompass virtually any human activity from birth to wedding to death. Next see if at least some of the scenes have extension. Is the main conflict and or prevailing emotion of these scenes sustained over enough pages to generate a powerful effect on the reader? This is not an invitation to pad out with extra dialogue or description. Instead see what you can do to build in fresh twists, complications, revelations, reversals, surprises, some or all of whicfh can help generate greater excitement and additional highs and lows of emotion. Big scenes often depend surprise, coincidence, or someone coming in from out of the blue. But to retain credibility this should be well prepared for.

Take a close look at your ending – does it have a big obligatory scene in which principal opposing characters face off against each other and stingingly or touchingly resolve the main issue etween them? Or at least has great emotional power in the same respect. Make sure it does.


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