You’re an author of fiction; new or aspiring. One of your biggest challenges is keeping your readers entertained. Does your reader read your entire novel? If he doesn’t, your payments for Pages Read in Kindle Unlimited will suffer — as will any chance you have of that reader buying your next novel.
Let’s look at how you win fans: readers who eagerly read every word of your novels, and just as eagerly wait for your next novel. I’ll auto-buy anything new from John Sandford, John Grisham, and Nora Roberts. Someone once said that if you have 100 true fans, you have a business.
Readers become fans because they know that their favorite authors entertain them. It’s a huge relief to be able to buy a novel and be sure that you’re buying several hours of great entertainment. So, how do you write books which entertain?
To write a bestseller, you must entertain
Today, bestselling fiction is written in scenes. In the Victorian era, authors could get away with writing meandering 800-page narratives because few books were published. That said, classic novelists, who are read as eagerly today as they were 200 years ago, like Jane Austen, write in scenes.
When coaching my students, I’ve found that the easiest way to ensure than an author writes entertaining novels and short stories is to encourage him to write in scenes.
So, what’s a scene?
What’s a scene? Become a scene expert
You may have heard someone say that your fiction is all telling, rather than showing. Scenes are “showing”. (Narrative is “telling”, and we’ll get to that in a moment.)
I’m fond of saying that a scene is “a unit of action.” Yes, I know… that’s probably as clear as mud. 🙂
A scene happens in real time. The reader inhabits your Point of View (POV) character; the reader is seeing what the POV character sees, touching what he touches, and feeling what he feels.
Writing in scenes makes writing your fiction easier
Writing a novel? Write 40 to 60 scenes, and you’re done. Knowing how many scenes you’ll write, makes outlining (if you’re an author who outlines) much easier. On the other hand, if you’d rather eat worms than outline, writing in scenes ensures that you know which “BIG” scenes you need to write — and that may well be all you need to know.
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