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Building a Scene Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue.  L. Alicia Monroe 2009 Oklahoma Writing Project Teacher Consultant. Adapted from Barry Lane’s After THE END (1993). Building a Scene: Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue. COPY ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INTO YOUR WN.

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Building a scene snapshots thoughtshots dialogue

Building a Scene

Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue

 L. Alicia Monroe 2009

Oklahoma Writing Project Teacher Consultant

Adapted from Barry Lane’s After THE END (1993)


Building a scene snapshots thoughtshots dialogue

Building a Scene: Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue

COPY ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INTO YOUR WN.

Combining snapshots, thoughtshots, and dialogue to build a scene

The equation for building a scene is:

Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue* = Scene

* In a scene, dialogue should be used not to

provide information, but to reveal character.


Building a scene snapshots thoughtshots dialogue

Building a Scene: Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue

  • “A scene is dialogue mixed with description.[…] Two people talking is pure dialogue, but when the author inserts thoughtshots and snapshots then we have the makings of a scene.”

    • —Barry Lane


Building a scene snapshots thoughtshots dialogue

Building a Scene: Snapshots + Thoughtshots + Dialogue

  • Examples of scenes from literature:

    • Inside, it was brightly lit, and warmer than I’d hoped. The office was small; a little waiting area with padded folding chairs, orange-flecked commercial carpet, notices and awards cluttering the walls, a big clock ticking loudly. Plants grew everywhere in large plastic pots, as if there wasn’t enough greenery outside. The room was cut in half by a long counter, cluttered with wire baskets full of papers and brightly colored flyers taped to its front. There were three desks behind the counter, one of which was manned by a large, red-haired woman wearing glasses. She was wearing a purple t-shirt, which immediately made me feel overdressed.

    • The red-haired woman looked up. “Can I help you?”

    • “I’m Isabella Swan,” I informed her, and saw the immediate awareness light her eyes. I was expected, a topic of gossip no doubt. Daughter of the Chief’s flighty ex-wife, come home at last.

    • —Stephenie Meyer, Twilight


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