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Roxana Arama-Guest Writer

© Roxana Arama. All rights Reserved. March 19, 2011 THE WEDDING BELL is the working title of my second novel, a book I’m writing this time following the process outlined in THE WEEKEND NOVELIST series. THE WEDDING BELL is a coming-of-age story set in an imaginary world that draws on the culture of the Dacians, the people who lived on the current Romanian territory before the Roman conquest. The novel is built with the language and plot elements of folktale, and tells the story of a girl who redefines the rules of the game within her patriarchal social order. Her name is Meda, and she is the Princess of the Mountains. On her sixteenth birthday, her father allows her to roam the palace, but warns her of a forbidden chamber. This book started as a short story in April 2010 and has grown into a novel during the last six months. Once I settled on the novel form, I wrote character sketches and created my repository of locations, recurring objects, maps and politics for my three kingdoms. After I learned a great deal about the fictional world I was creating, I began work on my scene list. The scene list is a tool for organizing locations, objects, point-of-view and chronology. But it’s more than that. As I worked on my list, I noticed plot tracks on objects, locations and...

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Karen Phelps Heines

The Lamb Was Sure to Go is the working title of my mystery. I began writing fiction four years ago and this is the fourth revision of the same core story, although the revisions look nothing alike. The mystery develops in eighty-three scenes, a number that changes as I refine it.  After the plotline diagram, the scene list is the most critical element in developing my mystery. The scene list maps writing from plot point to plot point. It keeps my three concurrent story lines (bad guys, law enforcement, and victim’s family) in sync. I know from experience that these get out of sync without a scene list. In earlier versions I wrote a brief paragraph describing each scene and, after completing the entire scene list, I wrote a rough draft. Many of my scenes missed a sense of place or other major element and they felt flat. I added object, wants, setting, characters, action, dialogue and climax/hook to each scene list description. Now my rough drafts set mood and build suspense. I use a Word table, enabling me to sort, great for changing scene sequence. I color code each major character, highlighting the name in yellow in the first scene where each appears, and in hot pink for the last scene. Plot points, midpoint, firsts and lasts are highlighted in pale gray. I am visual, and this provides...

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