Flipping into scene

In Bill Henderson’s Advanced Novel workshop the question of writing “in scene” came up.  Here is a good description of how to “flip into scene” while we are writing.

The question is what are some techniques that we can use as a writer to get our thinking “into scene” rather than narrating.  I might be by choosing the right tea before we start. 

Here is my interpretation of “in scene.”

The difference between “in scene” and narration is the difference between summarized action and dramatized action.  “Flip into scene” means, as in a theatre scene, that moments are dramatized, acted out with details of action that reflect the emotion and reactions of the characters, thus creating the conflict, action and resolution of that moment.  This physicalization is achieved through material action, and often with dialogue, rather than having the narration carry the story.  Through scene, the reader experiences a present moment, much as an audience experiences a play. 

 
Narration is much more than backstory, but is basic story telling.  Yet like backstory, the prose moves the story forward, particularly through the conflict, action and resolution of that specific moment.  All are indeed, “critical to the development of character and drama, but when we come out of it, the reader is propelled into a new understanding of the characters and the scene’s central conflict.”

All that sounded pretty heady.  Easy to talk about, but sometimes difficult to do.  So how we “flip into scene” is a great question in producing our work.   Perhaps to “flip into scene”  we begin the blank page by writing “in scene.”

Got any suggestions as to techniques of writing “in scene”?  Anne  www.SoupKitchenWriting.com

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