First of all, I am a day late on this post. So sorry. I haven’t been on my computer in a while and being sick didn’t help very much either. BUT fabulous news begins today…….
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The Triangle Effect
Sometimes fleshing out a scene can be daunting. What details do you put in? What’s best to leave out? Too much description can slow the action. Too little description leaves the scene feeling unfinished.
One of the best ways I’ve found for setting my scene is what I call the “Triangle Effect.” Think of your setting as a triangle. Start at the widest part and move toward the point.
Wide: The uncut grass brimmed with butterflies and stickers.
Narrower: Grandma waited on the unpainted front porch.
Point: Grandpa waved at me through the torn screen door.
I got out of the car. The uncut grass brimmed with butterflies and stickers that clawed at my shoelaces. Grandma waited on the unpainted front porch. But it was Grandpa I wanted to see. To make sure he was okay. He waved at me through the torn screen door. I breathed a sigh of relief.
One, two, three, I’ve set my scene. I’ve also ended on the main focus. For me, the Triangle Effect gives me a starting place. It helps me figure out what description is important to my scene and fleshes out my story.
Susan York Meyers
Author of Callie and the Stepmother and The Princess and the Pee