Make a Scene – Review

I rate this novel, Four of Five stars!

I found this book to be very useful. I was at a stage in my writing where I needed to improve before tackling the next stage of my novel. Make a Scene allowed me to see where a lot of my faults and weaknesses were and showed me how to start working on them. Jordan goes through the process of taking scenes apart and inspecting each element of what makes them work, then she tells us in a way in which we can understand it. She focuses on what works, what does not and how each element of a scene will affect the reader.

Just as the description of the novel states, Jordan takes you through Setting, Plot, Characters, Scene Types, Points of View and much more. Jordan explains to you, many building blocks to creating solid and beautiful scenes through easy to understand terminology and instructions. Included in the chapters within the book, are pieces taken from successful novels and then examined to show you why they work well in certain aspects of scene building.

I learned a lot by taking the information I needed from the pages within. I am sure that the things I learned will help me a great deal. Things such as character development, adding emotion to scenes, including senses to scenes, enhancing the plot, figuring out what types of scenes exist and a few other things will allow my ability to create scenes evolve further as I put the knowledge I learned, to good use. Most of all, when looking through your unpolished manuscript, the instructions within will help you beyond what I can explain.

After reading, you will be looking at things with a more critical eye, with scenes, you will be asking yourself:
Does this scene introduce new plot information? Does it relate to the main plotline? Does it flow from and build upon the last scene? Does it involve, inform, or affect the/a protagonist? Does it allow the reader learn more? Does it move forward in time?

Aside from these questions, with each element of writing a scene, you will have more questions for yourself about what you are writing.

This book is a great resource that will hopefully show you things you didn’t even think about when writing a scene. Whether you are a successful author, an aspiring writer or just a hobbyist, this can definitely help you in learning more when it comes to crafting scenes.

I used this resource to help in my editing stage to teach me about what I am missing, but it could be read at any time in your writing journey. I can say, without a doubt, this is a resource that is worth having, either in EBook or in print.

There were a few formatting errors within it that jumped out at me and the occasional grammatical error, but other than those, I have to say, it is an invaluable piece of writing that will help me in the days to come. Four out of five stars for Jordan Rosenfeld’s, Make a Scene.

Make a Scene – Review

Editing My Short Horror Story

While editing my short horror story for the anthology, I noticed a problem with my writing. A friend helped me see it, but I am happy I figured it out.

I have quite the problem with passive voice and showing vs telling. For instance, after noticing it, I changed this sentence, “Objects from the room were getting hurled at him by forces unknown.”

To this, “Unknown forces hurled children’s toys, books and anything heavily weighted at the monk mercilessly.”

You can see the change in quality, voice, and showing vs telling immediately can you not?

If you are a writer, remember to check your showing vs telling and look at how you are using a passive or active voice. It really makes a story more enjoyable.

Editing My Short Horror Story

Writing Zone

Quite often I get into what I like to call my ‘writing zone’.

I put on music, place my hands on my keyboard and let my creativity take control. I write, I keep writing and then I look at the time to see that three, four, five or even six hours have passed me by. Usually I won’t eat, drink or even get out of my chair during this amount of time.

But I made the decision to set up four alarms that go off at 12 pm 2 pm 4 pm and 6 pm. These take me out of my writing zone and remind me to actually do something other than write all day.

Now, at four times during each day, I am reminded to (if I haven’t already) eat, drink and exercise. Always remember to be good to your body.

Writing Zone

A Writer’s Resource

The sole resource used by a writer is their mind. So, one should always try to work towards expanding the number of resources at their disposal by learning as much as they can.

Lectures, books on technique and novels written in your particular genre are all fantastic ways to help strengthen your craft. Whenever in doubt when it comes to something in your fictional story, research, research, research.

By doing as many of these as often as you can, you should be able to change and grow as a writer.

A Writer’s Resource

Secondhand Books

Something I love to do is go through op shops/second hand stores and look through their selection of books. Just the other week I bought 8 books for $17.50, a steal right? Especially since two of them were Stephen King books. A friend of mine got a book she’d read in high school and a few months later realized it was actually signed by the author (who is now dead).

Anyway, getting back to the point.  Don’t keep thinking “Books are too expensive.” you can still manage to buy books even if they aren’t brand new.