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    Writing a scene?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Kat_k, Jan 21, 2008.

    I found this board a few days ago & think there's a lot of great resources here!

    I have to write a scene without narrative, but I'm having a hard time with it. How do you write without narrative? It seems difficult to me, but maybe I'm making it harder than it is.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Hmm...

    "Hold on."
    "What?"
    "When you say 'just narrative', do you mean...like, just dialogue?"
    "Yeah. Just people talking. You're not allowed to see what's happening."
    "Huh. You're right. That is a toughy. Hmm..."
    "You know, I was thinking-"
    "Hold on. Did you hear that?"
    "Hear what?"
    "That. Quiet! Listen!"
    "...oh my God."
    "Someone's in the house."
    "he just broke something- it must be a robber. We need to hide."
    "But-"
    "Come on, get in here! No, in the closet! Come on!"
    "No! I have to stop this guy! He could be stealing from us!"
    "Don't be insane, he could have a gun, we need to- wait! Wait, Jack, come back! Don't go down the stairs!"
    "Hey, what are you doing here?"
    "Back away or I shoot!"
    "What- hey!"

    "Oh God, oh God, oh God..."

    Now, I could be totally wrong and you might be talking about something else- writing a script, or something- but that right there was the first thing that came into my mind. You're right- writing a scene like that is difficult, because you want to be able to convey what's happening without sounding too expository or just weird. No body language, no sound effects- but I'm sure if you try hard enough, you can come up with a good scene.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification Ivan, I really appreciate it.

    Now off to write that scene ...
     

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