(25 of 40) Writing a Scene: I

The students in my Creative Nonfiction class have to write and workshop a scene this week. My best advice for writing a scene is "Start Small." A scene can have one person in it, but it seems a little easier to write with two. A scene has to have something happen. A little dialogue can add spice. Yes, a scene can go on for ten or twenty pages, but it can also be ten lines long. Here's one of my favorite scene prompts:

"Of course I love you," ______ said.

Your job is to decide who to put in that blank (he is okay, or a character's name), and then to have something else happen. This character could continue talking. He could do something. Or a second character could respond.

This is an entertaining exercise to share with a small group.