Sunday, August 8, 2010


Hey, everyone. Neph here. I just finished reading a book that I bought a little while ago from Half Price Books called Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, by Raymond Obstfeld. In concept, it is an extremely helpful book for me personally because, honestly? I had no idea how to work with scenes before. Not for novel-length stories, at least. Though I tried repeatedly to write a scene, from different angles and different character perspectives, nothing seemed to work out for me, and that made me really discouraged about my ability to write a good novel-length story. So when I visited the bookstore and saw this book on the shelf, of course I snatched it up, flipped through it a little, and then bought it.

The chapters include topics such as 'Determining Scene Length,' 'Using Setting,' 'Payoff Scenes,' 'Comic Scenes,' and 'Romantic & Sex Scenes.' In short, quite likely there is something in this book for every writer who is engaged in a struggle to write out a scene that does not suck--first and foremost to themselves, and secondly to potential publishers.

I currently fall into the former category, and as soon as I finish this blog post, I am going to attempt to apply a chapter's topic to the story I am working on, tentatively titled Six Gifts. The chapter will probably be 'First Meetings' or 'Focusing a Scene on Character, Plot, or Theme,' as I am currently in the process of planning out the first part of the story when two of the protagonists meet.

FOR TODAY, HOLD ME TO: Attempting to apply a chapter of Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes to the first part of my story Six Gifts.


  1. Good luck with these new techniques!
    Do you reckon you'll post the segment of story here when you finish?

  2. Thank you so much, Panda. 8D I don't really know. To be honest, I am a bit paranoid about posting my written works online. 8P However, I might... I'll give a run-down of how things go either way.