Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

We had a really great SARA meeting last night, though only 14 people showed up. We had a kind of round-table discussion of what we want from SARA this coming year (our new year begins in July) and I'm very excited.

On the way, I started listening to the Crusie/Mayer workshop from last conference, YEX AND VIOLENCE. Enough technical talk to make my hair curl, but the thing that stuck with me is that DON’T LOOK DOWN had 104 scenes.

104. Scenes.

I usually have 60, about 3 per chapter.

In Ghost Hunters, I have only 1 or 2 per chapter. I know this because I revise by scene.

So I’m wondering, these 104 scenes – do they count change in location as a scene, even if there’s no scene break? Do they count POV switches as a scene?

And they have an arc, a GMC for each scene.

My now-curled hair is being pulled out by the roots as I consider doing this. I could do maybe the first 10-12 this way, but GAH! After that???


First of all, how many scenes do you write? How do you count them? Do you craft them ahead of time or build that arc in them as you revise?

Today's my dh's 42nd bday.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

AND I'm blogging at Wet Noodle Posse on heroes' ages.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your DH.
Scenes. Hmmm. Are we supposed to count our scenes? ACKKKKKK!

Kelly Boyce said...

For a 400 pg manuscript I usually average around 75-80 scenes. But if Crusie is doing short scenes that's probably how she's hitting the 104 mark. I'll have to go check my JC books when I get home now.

dawn said...

happy birthday to da man.
i am proud that he is ordering two more
of what he just had.

MJFredrick said...

LOL, Mary Beth! When I revise I go scene by scene, and do a scene a day, so that's how I know.

Kelly, I WISH some of my scenes were short. Some are too lonnnng ;)

Dawn, he's ordering two more EMMYS! Isn't he bad??


M.J. Fredrick's books on Goodreads
Breaking DaylightBreaking Daylight
ratings: 11 (avg rating 3.33)

Beneath the SurfaceBeneath the Surface
ratings: 11 (avg rating 4.00)

Hot ShotHot Shot (Samhain)
reviews: 2
ratings: 10 (avg rating 4.00)

Where There's SmokeWhere There's Smoke
ratings: 6 (avg rating 4.00)

Meez 3D avatar avatars games
Powered By Blogger

Good Reads



About Me

My Photo
I'm a mom, a wife, a teacher and a writer. I have five cats and a dog to keep me company. I love bookstores and libraries and Netflix - movies are my greatest weakness.
View my complete profile


Beneath the Surface

Breaking Daylight

Breaking Daylight Review

Where There's Smoke

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Where There's Smoke Review


Bull by the Horns


Hot Shot Reviews

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Hot Shot


Carina Press

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    Join My Newsletter

    Where Visitors Live

    MJ Fredrick Fan Page's Fan Box