What do you do before you start a new scene? Obviously you check that your pen still has ink in it and that you are physically awake. You may also check if you have a spare pen, in case the one you plan to use runs out of ink during the writing session.
But another thing you will do before setting off on an uncharted voyage into a new scene is to ‘visualize’ the scene.
This means to visualize stuff and shit like that.
And when I say ‘visualize’ I of course mean ‘imagining’ buy using your ‘imagination’. The word ‘imagination’ is a word you have no doubt seen or heard quit a lot since you decided to write a novel and the reason you keep hearing (or seeing) it, is because ‘imagination’ is really, really, really important.
To make a scene believable, the place where the scene takes place has to be believable to the reader. Below are two examples of the beginning of a scene, which one is correct:
‘The woman walked into the dimly lit library and could instantly smell chips’
‘The woman walked in’
Which one gives you the better ‘visualization’ of the scene? This can be your homework for today.
REMEMBER humans are visually orientated so we need to ‘visualize’ scenes and shit like that. If we weren’t humans and instead were bats, our books wouldn’t be ‘visual’, they’d be ‘soundual’ because bats are blind as shit, I am sure you have heard the famous expression ‘as short-sighted as a bat’…yes? Have you heard of it? Great..
What I am trying to say is the market for novels written for bats is a very small market and they are extremely difficult to write, so stick to writing for humans.