Episode 199: The One Where We Return To London, Baby!
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The one where Erin and Jamie discuss episodes 04x23 (TOW Ross' Wedding Part 1) and 04x24 (TOW Ross' Wedding Part 2) of Friends. You'll hear all the exciting ways the word "desert" can be used, you'll find out which shows we think the main six would be watching here in 2021, and you'll learn what exciting plans we have in store for the Episode 200 Extravaganza! We're creeping up on yet another milestone, Friendlings, and we couldn't have done it without you. Send in your questions or your stories or your anything-at-all, and let's celebrate this very special BOF anniversary as one big floopy family!

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Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
How to Write a Well-Structured Scene
*In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through how to write a well-structured scene. I'll also show you how this structure shows up in a scene from **Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone**. *Here's a preview of what's included: [02:50] A scene is a unit of story that takes place in more or less continuous space and time, features a specific cast of characters, is told from one point-of-view, and contains a value shift (or change) from beginning to end. [04:15] The first thing you need to know about writing a well-structured scene is that every scene needs to start with the point-of-view character’s goal. So, what does this person want to achieve or accomplish or learn in this scene? What are they trying to do? [05:00] Commandment number one is that there needs to be an inciting incident. And this is really just the first thing that gets in the way of your character accomplishing his or her goal. [05:35] Commandment number two is that there needs to be a turning point. A turning point is a moment where the conflict reaches its peak and the character can no longer go after their scene goal in the way they had originally planned. [06:40]  Commandment number three is that there needs to be a crisis moment or a moment where your character faces a decision about how to move forward. Will they do X or Y? [08:10]  Commandment number four is that there needs to be a climax or a moment where your character acts on their choice. Did they do X or Y? [08:45] Commandment number five is that there needs to be a resolution. So, how do they feel now that they’ve acted on their choice? How did their decision work out for them? [10:20] An example of a well-structured scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone including how these five commandments show up and help create a mini-arc of change. [13:55] Key points and episode recap. *Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts* Are you subscribed to my podcast? If not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts! If you're already a subscriber, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance! *Links Mentioned in This Episode:* * Progressive Complications: How to Write Better Conflict (article) * Value Shifts: How to Determine if a Scene Works (article) * 3 Reasons You Should Write in Scenes vs. Chapters (article) * The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne (book) P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
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