How do you write a scene? Every time I write I just do description, not action.

How do you write a scene? Every time I write I just do description, not action.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Begin with action, I guess?
    Like,
    >She ran down the corridor as the spiders crawled around her face. Frantically she tried for one doorknob and then the next before finding each door locked.
    Are you feeling for something like that or what do you mean?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Whenever I sit down to write, all that comes out is landscape description

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        i have the same issue. plan out everything that you want to have happen in the scene

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Well then quit describing the landscape homie. In your head you should be picturing the location first, and the characters interacting. Enter the perspective of the main character, what does he see? Who is he talking to? Is he alone? Then what is he thinking? Get him out of the room, have him walk somewhere, drive somewhere, give him something to do. Get him to a place with other people.

        Spending too much time describing the location is often boring. The reader will almost never see the same exact image you’re seeing down to the last detail.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Make the scene alive with actions that allows you to slip in the description that is tangial to the action. Make the scene do things. Have a spider drop from the roof if you need to describe the walls.

        Have you read how Huysmans, the most descriptive of the decadants, gets away with it?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Another example, if you need to describe the clothing a person is wearing, write the movements the person makes (an action) to slip in the description of the clothing. Same for appearance, write the facial movements and gestures the person makes (actions) to describe their appearance. Do to describe. You'll always be able to find an action to use as scaffold for a description.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    someone who posts ai slop wouldn't have enough imagination to do it anyway

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Please anon 🙁
      I just used that pic to get replies

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    GET RID OF THIS DISGUSTING COMPUTER GENERATED FILTH, FRICK YOU

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You must consider the character's perspective.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Wdym

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It depends entirely how you wanna do it. Sartre’s the Reprieve is a very nice one to turn to for this discussion. Two characters are seemingly having a conversation but only later on it is revealed that they are in two completely separate places on two different continents and that each half of the conversations was actually a different conversation which misled you due to the omission of details about the setting. Setting, dialogue all hinge on what you wish to convey or the method you wish to convey it.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Picture full action sequence in your head from start to finish
    >Describe it
    Idk man

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the scene has to serve a purpose

    a story has to be about something. start with that. then you can break it up into sub-scenes. each scene ends up serving the larger story

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I just do description
    >post AI slop
    Yeah, it shows

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Anon please have some sympathy...
      Literature is all I have in this life...
      If I can't do that then I might as well die

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read a wide range of short stories and use them to learn how writing works

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just as a film director considers each focus of a frame significant, so does a writer direct the attention of a scene by the words written. two swords connect, cling, and sing, before muted by the red of flesh as the crowd roars before an unimpressed emperor. there, even a small sentence can already establish the possibility of a roman or gladiatorial match of sorts, without necessarily describing the weather or the literal physicality of a duel or setting

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    imagine you're watching a tv show and writing down everything that happens

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    read Jack Bickham's Scene and Structure it will tell you everything.

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