WIP: Scenes and Narrative

Okay, now I have a twenty page synopsis of my story. I’ve changed the title from LOVING ANDY to THE SEA TENDER (who knows how many more title changes there will be). My next step is to break the story down into scenes and narrative. Part of that will be deciding whose point of view each scene will be from, which I’ll figure out by  determining who has the most at stake in a scene. There are four point of view characters now: Andy and his sister Maggie. Their mother Joanna. And their uncle, Marcus. I’m going to spend the weekend working this out. Then Monday, I’m going away to a little town in NC where all I’ll have to do is write for five days! I’ll be staying in an old mansion with some other writers-in-residence. I sooooo can’t wait. But I have a lot to get done before then, so it’s off to the Opium Den in the morning.


  1. bev on October 27, 2006 at 6:58 am

    diane i`m praying you have a great wk(productive) and painfree!!!!!bev

  2. Margo on October 27, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Diane, what a great way to spend Halloween…in an old Mansion!…have an awesome weekend and week writing and ‘ditto’ Bev, I pray it’s painfree too…Diane, I LOVE YOUR NEW TITLE!…oh, I hope it doesn’t change…..p.s…be sure and take some of that fav ice cream you like to the Mansion…(-:

  3. Kathy Holmes on October 27, 2006 at 10:16 am

    With 4 POVs, are you writing in third person, first person or a mix?
    After some feedback I’ve had about my 3 first-person POVs, I’m really curious. So come on over and take my survey on my blog. 🙂

  4. Diane Chamberlain on October 27, 2006 at 11:13 am

    thanks, all! as for the ice cream, i’m going to wait and see what culinary adventures are near the mansion. and it IS supposedly a haunted mansion and i have to admit, i was relieved to learn some other writers will be there on halloween.
    kathy, i still struggle (technically speaking) with how to comment on your blog, but i took your survey and here’s what i answered to every question: i don’t care if it’s first or third person or how many POV’s there are as long as the story works. if i’m distracted by the points of view, then there’s a problem. as for my current WIP, right now i’m intending to write 4 points of view, all first person. a male and female adult and a male and female teen. i’ll let you know how it works out. do let us know what readers said in your survey. (i DO think it’s important with multiple points of view to separate them by chapters or at the very least, by scenes)

  5. Brenda on October 27, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    My Vietnam Book (Not the fiction one) will be told in several voices…
    Diane-I want to go with you sometime to the MANSION…
    Do well-have a great great time…

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