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Adding Scenes To Your Book

I find adding scenes to my stories one of the most satisfying aspects of refining and lengthening my books. Just the chance to elaborate upon scenes, and, in the process, deepening readers’ perceptions of characters, can make a writer even more enthusiastic about a book, taking it to a whole new level.

Generally, the process of adding scenes arrives at a point in time when the writer has edited and revised the book several times over, and have, in the process, distanced themselves from it. Questions and statements such as ‘what haven’t I explained sufficiently in the story?’ ‘This loose end needs to be tied up’, or ‘Oh, this would work at explaining why Character x does this or that’ will present themselves, begging the writer to answer these.

The beauty of adding scenes is that it is individual to each story and writer. Scenes can be longer, shorter, and shocks and surprises to the narrative. As the saying goes, a writer can really ‘go to town’ with this process.

If there is a fear of over-explaining, and the scene as you write it in the section you wish, and when you do the full edit of the book, see how it fits. Maybe you might need to extend the scene, shorten it, place it somewhere else, or even do away with it in the end by changing the nature of the scene to something entirely different. All of this is entirely up to the writer, and this in and of itself is one of the most liberating aspects of writing, listening to your inner voice first and foremost with creative flourishes and touches.


About The Writer

Marcia Carrington is the author of several novels. She writes about the human condition. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is also a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age. You can find out more about her at Marcia Carrington WordPress and her books at Marcia’s Books