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    Establishing the scene for each scene change

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Renee J, Jun 19, 2014.

    Is there a rule (I know these tend to be broken) that says you should establish where the scene takes place within so many sentences? I thought I'd read somewhere it should be established within the first paragraph. But, sometimes it feels clunky to add it at the beginning, especially when the scene opens with a lament of the last chapter. (Maybe I shouldn't do that.)
     
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    Well, you don't want your readers to be lost. But at the same time, the "where" of a scene isn't always relevant. Let's say your scene is a cafe, but the actual meat of the scene is the conversation between your characters. I don't see a problem with the scene starting with the dialogue, and easing the "where" in as you go.
     
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