A novel is essentially scenes strung together to create chapters. Do you struggle to set the scene in your novel? In today’s blog post I’m going to outline two tips that will help you effectively set the scene and control your novel’s pacing.
Focus On The Five Senses:
When you start a new scene in your novel, you need to use the five senses to orient the reader. What does your protagonist see? Hear? Smell? Touch? Taste? Why is this important? Once you establish this, not only can you convey emotion, you also make it possible for the reader to feel like they are apart of the story. The reader gets a sense of the time and place and an instant connection with the main character.
Trim The Nonessentials:
A common problem many writers struggle with is the need to tell it all. We want our readers to know all of details of a particular scene and imagine each scene exactly the way we do. However, we have to let go. Readers don’t care about, or need to know details such as the exact measurements of a particular room, the exact number of cows outside in the field, or the exact location of the furniture in a bedroom. If the information you’re giving to the reader doesn’t matter to the plot, you have to let it go. Trim it and tone it down. As long as you convey to the reader the important details such as the time, the location, and the characters involved, your readers can be given a little leeway to imagine the rest for themselves.
I hope this blog post was helpful in helping you set the scene. If you have any other questions or additional tips, please leave them in the comments down below!