Making a scene. It’s like taking a picture in your head, creating words and telling your reader what you see. You bring them into your world, weaving a tapestry of senses. And action. Without action, there is no scene. How boring would a movie be if all it did was show one still picture after another? Would you recommend it to another person? Didn’t think so.
So, let’s give this a whirl.
Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth argue. He is standing beside the fireplace. Elizabeth sat on the couch. He left the room and Elizabeth was upset.
Here it is…again:
“I won’t do it!” Elizabeth sat rigid on the divan. She felt no warmth even though the fireplace crackled merrily, sparks trailing up the chimney.
Her husband of three months, meticulously dressed for the evening, stood facing her. Reaching into his waist coat, he brought out his watch fob. He glanced at it, then clicking it shut, replied, “You will. You are my wife and will do as I tell you.” With a raised hand he waved away the argument he knew she would make. “You will invite him to have a drink with you, toast his new promotion or whatever you wish, and he’ll never know what happened.”
Silence ensued. He strode over to the window and looked out over the gardens. Finally, Elizabeth forced through stiff lips, “What about Lydia?”
He turned, surprise evident on his face, “What about Lydia?”
Elizabeth stared, horrified, at his callous disregard for her youngest sister.
His thinned lips gave evidence he was angered at having his wishes questions. ”The chit will find some other hapless fool to support her. I want George dead.” He stalked out of the room. Elizabeth collapsed against the back of the chair in disbelief.
Thank goodness I never authored Pride and Prejudice. Everyone would have died or been horribly maimed!
Action makes a scene, well, a scene – events happening, people acting out. Well balanced scenes include a little bit of everything. Some may require a lot of action with little or no dialogue, others very little action, but a lot of dialogue.
So, get out there, make a scene!