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Writing Tips 3 - How to start a difficult scene

09/01/2019

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If you've studied writing, you may have heard of Stream of consciousness writing before.

Soc writing is a lot like telling a friend a story about something that happened to you. There's a couple different ways you can do it, you can tell it almost sarcastically: "this happened and then he said this and she said that, and it was like omg why would you say that to someone, but she clapped back and his face was so shook it would make an amazing meme." etc.

Another way you can do it is to throw out the rule book of everything you learned (don't panic, it's like a boomerang, you'll get it back) and write like a 5 year old's telling you what's happening.

"He punched that guy, then kicked him, then did a ninja jump, then ran that way, then punched that guy and that guy, and that guy tried to stop him but he was faster than him and threw him into that guy." (Comment if that gave you vivid flashbacks of babysitting)

This gives you a great way to outline what's happening and build a scene layer by layer (like a cake lol), getting more detailed and shaping it to your aim. It works for all scenes and I'd actually recommend you outline your basic plot then do this chp by chp so you know exactly what happens next, even if you only do it 1 or 2 chps ahead from the most recently finished one.

It makes writing the entire story less intimidating, less confusing, better written, faster, easier, erases whole levels of Hell with trying to stick to an update schedule. You can spot mistakes and plot holes before you get up to your elbows and realize that glaring thing isn't coming from the sunlight on your screen. And perhaps the best part: it's like turning your stress level down 9 notches so you can be more relaxed and not worry so much about things like writer's block and just enjoy writing and seeing the scenes coming together to make your epic tale tangible.

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