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Scene Prompt #4: What went wrong

This one comes from Steven James.

Think of the scene you want to work on. Now, from the perspective of the scene’s point-of-view character:

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Scene Prompt #3: The MacGuffin

Think of the most important object in your story. It could be the thing all the characters want that drives the story or just an item that acts as a metaphor–or both!–or anything in between.

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Scene Prompt #2: One true sentence

This one comes from Hemingway. I have this quote written on a post-it note next to my monitor. When I’m having trouble getting into a scene, I use it as a mantra:

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Scene Prompt #1: The still shot

I got this prompt from a book by Laura Deutsch. To prep for this writing prompt, imagine your point-of-view character in the scene you’re working on. Take a mental snapshot . . .

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