This month we welcomed a new member, who submitted two stories for critique. On the full critique front, we did well:
completed the critique from last month;
critiqued two outlines (every story must have a conflict strong enough to carry it through the length required for that genre);
critiqued a continuation of a submission from last month (medieval), discussed issue of conflict, mirroring of beginning and ending and reader expectations of genre.
The anthology themes are dark and light, shadow and reflection. One, possibly two of the critiques this month were aimed at the anthology. One has gone from shadow to dark, the other is yet to be defined (we’ll work on that).
We discussed a possible theme for a different anthology – one theme (can’t let you know what it is at the moment – closely guarded secret until we get the first anthology out).
First meeting next month is the toolbox: Dialogue and POV.
So far our group has discussed ‘Voice’ and ‘Style’. Today we discussed ‘Scenes’.
What is a scene?
If words are the building blocks of sentences and paragraphs, then the scene is the brick that builds the entire story. It consists of one setting – time and place. It has only character’s Point of View (POV) and one event. It has a beginning, a middle and an end.
The POV character should have a clear goal. There should be some form of conflict – even if only a trivial decision. When the conflict is overcome this may lead to either disaster, and increased conflict and tension in future scenes, or a decision, possibly leading to a new goal in another scene.
Something should happen – the event.
The scene must have purpose; it should move an element of the story forward – whether character arc, plot arc or theme arc. This could be a physical change, an emotional change for a character or a change in understanding on the part of the reader.
The most important thing is something must change.
- contain only one character’s POV
- one event
- one setting – time, place
- move an element of the story forward – either character arc, plot arc or theme arc
- something changes
by Karen J Carlisle