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Insomniacs Anonymous 12-16-16

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

When you write a scene, do you rough it in first or dive write in? (Couldn’t resist the pun.)

Practical Prompt 7/20/26: Scene Structure Part 3

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For our June “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books that had well constructed scenes. Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript.

For the past two weeks, you’ve revised a scene in your manuscript so that your characters face conflict that your readers will find fresh. This week, analyze how your character feels about the outcome. Were there unintended consequences? Let those emotions direct the way the character reacts. Does she regroup and come up with a new plan to reach the same goal? Does he set a new goal altogether? Whatever reaction you choose, use that to guide the goal your character sets in the next scene.

Practical Prompt 7/13/16: Scene Structure Part 2

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For our June “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books that had well constructed scenes. Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript.

In last week’s practical prompt, you crafted a scene that set up your characters’ goals and created obstacles for them to overcome. Now, review the conflict in that scene. Is the outcome too predictable? Consider a different outcome that will surprise your readers, or have your character react in an unexpected way. Try a few options until you find the one that will keep the readers turning the pages to see what happens next.