Spring Forward – Day 2

5:30 pm – The new scene where Gaius meets Annasara for the first time is now 922 words. Scene composition and setting details were today’s work, and I think it went well. Have to remember that setting serves several purposes: it gives convincing details that create belief; can be of interest in itself; forms a metaphor for story action; and provides description.

I considered writing more on the scene last night but the brain said “Leave me alone.” so I did and we happily zoned out with Mal and the crew of Firefly, watched Serenity, and then Objects in Space, one of my favorite episodes. Tonight’s movies: Daybreakers–which could’ve been a lot better than it was, and Terminator Salvation, which I missed when it was in the theaters.

Took nearly an hour’s walk during lunch, worked out the composition of the Gaius and Annasara scene. Today was not as warm or as golden as yesterday. The 1926 neo-colonial mansion on First Street is for sale. I’ve always loved that house’s Art Deco glass door.


Breakfast & Journal               7:00 am

8:30 am – Inspirational Reading – A Thousand Words A Day, Carolyn See

Inspirational Podcast – Odyssey Workshop – The Difference Between Writing a Novel and Writing a Short Story – Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman (Runtime: 18:48)

Workshop 4 – Writing Scenes – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The trick to finding writing time is to make writing time in the life you’ve already got. —Julia Cameron, THE RIGHT TO WRITE

Odyssey Workshop Podcast – Writing in Scenes, Nancy Kress (Runtime: 16:24)

Odyssey Workshop Podcast – Setting the Scene, Christopher Golden (Runtime: 18:00)

Selected Reading: Scene & Structure, Jack M. Bickham

Selected Reading: Analyzing A Scene, Developing Story Ideas, Michael Rabiger & Character Development and Motivation (Make A Scene, Jordan E. Rosenfeld)

Scene Analysis – From selected books:

– In a chosen scene, what does character(s) want?

– What advances the story?

– What determines the tension or conflict in the scene

Lunch          11:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Workshop 5 – Setting & Description – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You must act as the tour guide through each scene, expertly guiding the reader to all the important details, pointing out only what is necessary and what will help the reader understand what he sees. –Jordan E. Rosenfeld, MAKE A SCENE

Odyssey Workshop Podcast – Setting, Terry Bisson (Runtime 16:24)

Odyssey Workshop Podcast – World-Building, How to Show It, Melissa Scott (Runtime  16:54)

Selected Reading: Setting, Chapter 5, Make A Scene, Jordan E. Rosenfeld and Chapter 2, “The Senses,”, How Fiction Works, Oakley Hall

Setting, Jack M. Bickham, Chapters 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12

Study how setting is presented in selected novels. Does the setting advance the plot? Does it affect character? What is the general mood the setting details convey?

Break 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 – 5:00 – Work in Progress – In your novel or short story, write a scene (or revise) using setting to do any of the following: create atmosphere, advance the plot, affect character, or show the setting during a scene of movement and action.