Visualizing The Scene

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.

 

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A picture of a pen with the words ‘This is a Pen’ written next to it.

 

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’

Or

‘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.

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It is often said that everyone has a novel inside them but many people never start because they feel that the novel itself may be really shit. This may be true, but this shouldn’t stop you from trying. Take my hand, follow this blog and let me help you excrete the novel that is pushing to get out of you. Not sure if you should put your faith in my abilities? Then read on… My achievements include: I once wrote a comedy show for the Edinburgh Festival that was seen by over 250 people. I have started writing six novels including ‘Robert Mugabe’s Missing Glasses: 2001 A Specs Odyssey’ and ‘Bangor to Bangkok (Travel Writing From A Non-Traveller)’ and I plan to actually finish one soon. I sometimes get confused between ‘there’ and ‘their’ but I still know loads of words and have strung literally thousands of sentences together.

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