Last week we talked about the basics of scene building in fiction. You can check out that information here: Scene Building Basics . Today, let’s focus a little more deeply on one aspect of a scene: the launch. It’s the kickoff for your scene. It’s the opportunity to pull readers into the action or hook them with the intensity of the moment. The launch is the grab that piques a reader’s interest and keeps them turning the pages. In the last post, I divided launches into three categories: Action, Narrative, and Setting. Let’s look at each in a little more detail, consider the important factors for each type, and think about when to use which. Action: An action launch is just what it sounds like – a scene that starts with action! It could be a spaceship crash, a patient rushed into the ER, an explosion in the marketplace, […]

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