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Scene writing Writing Process

How to organize story scenes (plus scene structure template)

Understanding how to organize story scenes will help you to draft scenes with an underlying sense of purpose and focus. Learn how to use Now Novel’s Scene Builder to create your own scene structure template that is flexible and custom-made for your story:

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Scene writing Story conflict

How to write fight scenes and battle scenes that grip readers

Learning how to write fight scenes or battle scenes is crucial if there are important, action-packed conflicts in your story. Whether it’s a historical war story set in the trenches or a story of epic clashes between good and evil, these tips will help:

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Formatting fiction Scene writing

The dinkus: 6 uses for scene breaks

The dinkus – a symbol between story or essay sections – is a source of confusion to many writers. To use, or not to use? What is a dinkus actually for? Read a definition of the dinkus, plus 6 ideas on creative ways to use them:

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Scene writing

Writing scene endings: 6 ways to entice readers

How you end a scene determines whether your reader will read another chapter immediately or not. Here are 6 tips for writing scene endings that entice readers to carry on (with examples):

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Scene writing

Grabbing attention with scene beginnings: 5 tips

Writing scene beginnings readers find compelling is a useful skill to develop. Here are 5 ways to write strong scene beginnings, with examples:

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Scene writing Writing action

Writing action scenes: 6 ways to keep scenes riveting

Whether you’re writing a breakneck thriller, action screenplay or a script for a video game or graphic novel, writing action scenes that keep readers (or viewers) entertained is essential. Read 6 ways to make scenes more gripping:

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Scene writing

Writing a scene that engages your reader: 5 tactics

Whether you’re writing a novel, a screenplay, graphic novel or other kind of story, writing a scene that engages your reader from start to finish is crucial.

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Scene writing

Setting the scene: 6 ways to introduce place in stories

Setting the scene for a story is important. Giving readers a vivid sense of where and when events take place anchors action and dialogue. When readers are able to picture the environment clearly, the story is more immersive. Read 6 creative ways to set the scene:

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Scene writing

Writing scene breaks and transitions that develop your story

Scene breaks and transitions allow us to experience different narrative time-frames and situations involving different characters in short succession. Writing good scene breaks and transitions will keep your story moving, even as you switch between settings (places and times) and viewpoints. Here’s how you can use scene breaks and transitions: