Randy Ingermanson still helps me when I least expect it. I found his website a few years ago and read some great writing tutorials concerning the ‘Snowflake Method’ and ‘Writing The Perfect Scene’. They helped me get started and solidified a foundation from which I grew. After a few years of writing every morning in the dark (before the kids get up), I felt good about writing scenes. Somehow I managed good conflict in practically every one of them and in each one I also found a way to end on a good dilemma. I patted myself on the back feeling pretty strong about myself and my writing. But eventually I knew I had to take it to another level. I revisited Randy’s site and reread the page concerning ‘Writing The Perfect Scene’. Ha. Somehow I found that all that clever writing I did could fit easily within the proposed ideas he set forth. Even though I hadn’t visited his site in a while, I apparently incorporated his philosophy into my writing and it certainly made it better.
It reminds me of an old Bruce Lee quote about simplicity: “Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I’ve understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. ” At some point you start using them as tools and you’re not bound by the thought of the structure of everything you have to do to accomplish something that should be simple.
I’m hoping, with Randy’s helpful website, that a scene is just a scene and that I’m on my way to mastering the art.
Check out Randy’s page:
Writing The Perfect Scene

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