Writers Tricks of the Trade Volume 7, Issue 4 Winter 2018 - Page 34
B RINGING C ARDBOARD S CENES TO L IFE (C ONT ’ D )
was a car enthusiast and the daughter was a cheerleader. All of that was re-
flected in the surroundings I created with artifacts and memorbilia. The house was
my palette for painting their lives.
OW TO CREATE A REALISTIC SCENE .
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B UILDING A B ELIEVABLE
Imagine this: Tires screech as the driver desperately applies the brakes. The
car skids on the rain slick street. Branches brush the windshield when the out-of-
control vehicle jumps the curb. Can you feel it? If you were in that car, would you
have time to notice things? Smell the burning of the brakes or feel the panic of
loss of control. You better be able to if you want the reader to feel it.
P UT YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE .
Play with being there. Write some sample scenes and share them with friends
or fellow authors. Do they sing? Maybe they are over-descriptive to the point of
being an information dump. Analyze, fine tune and learn. Pretty soon your readers
won’t be able to resist turning the page.
YOU ARE THE DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER. KEEP YOUR READER GLUED TO THE
PAGE WITH YOUR WORDS...LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
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