HANNAH, SCENES IN A CHAPTER, ONE LONG SCENE, OR SEVERAL SHORTER ONES, TOO MANY, TOO FEW? MOVIES

Well I have been hard at work on the book about Hannah. I’ve been going over chapter by chapter, because like I told you before, this was a complete story, and I need to know where to make the changes since I’ve altered the storyline. In this job of writing novels, you can learn something new every day about the craft. I have all these different scenes in my chapters, and even though I subconsciously knew this, each of these chapters are broken down into individual scenes. So what I have been doing is perfecting each scene. Which made me wonder how many scenes should be in a chapter? I guess the answer to that is however many you need to get across what you want to say. Sometimes it could be just one long scene and how much you want to pack into it.
In a novel you have a beginning, a middle and an end. So I would suggest dividing your story into those three sections, and making the decision as to what you want to happen in the beginning, and what you want to show about your characters. Then create the individual scenes to reveal what is necessary to show the story. Do the same for the middle, and the dramatic ending you want. I don’t believe there is any rule as to how many things to have in these sections of your novel. There is not a law that says you must have too many or too few. One thing I have learned, because I’m a big movie buff, is how movies are broken down into scenes to tell the story. You can learn a lot about writing watching a movie.

In fact it was a movie that got me started on loving mysteries. It was a 1979 movie called, MURDER BY NATURAL CAUSES, starring Hal Holbrook and Catherine Ross. Look it up. It was a fascinating movie for its time.

Murder by Natural Causes

1979 · 1hr 40 min · Mystery/Drama
Allison, the unfaithful wife of a famous mentalist with a heart problem, wants her lover to try to kill her husband by scaring him to death, but the whole thing goes downhill.

Everyone have a great week, and stay safe.

Remember, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah

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