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Scene Prompt #15: Slow Motion

In real life, when things are really stressful or scary, time can seem to slow down. You catch more details. You have more time to process, even more time to move your body if necessary.

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Scene Prompt #14: The Big Fight

Do you know what your book’s about?

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Scene Prompt #13: The Synopsis

We’re going back to basics here, which I was reminded of as I flipped through a book by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett.

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Scene Prompt #12: Emotional Storyboard

This prompt comes from Will Dunne, who says, “If a scene is of any length, and if it has more than one beat, and if it rises above the level of monotony, the character will experience different emotions during the course of the scene.”

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Scene Prompt #11: The Epigraph

Many authors put epigraphs at the beginning of their novels, a quote that foreshadows the story in some way.

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Scene Prompt #10: I remember . . .

I got this prompt from Amy Gottlieb, who’s currently doing a (free!) four-class series on the story behind the story. She says our readers aren’t necessarily reading to find out what happens.

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Scene Prompt 8.5: The Emotion before the HeartStorm

Last week we looked at Laura Whitcomb’s Heartstorm tool. “If you’re having trouble letting go and allowing your inner poet to babble on the topic of your scene,” she says to “try this poetry exercise to warm up.”

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Scene Prompt #8: The HeartStorm

This one comes straight from Laura Whitcomb. I’m just gonna quote it:

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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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