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John DeDakis

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Books
· Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

· Troubled Water

· Bluff (Paperback Edition)

· Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

· Bluff (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Paperback Edition)

· Fast Track (Hardcover)


Short Stories
· Metro Tableau

· My First Kiss

· Raquette Lake

· Soul 159 (The Long Version)

· Soul 159

· The Wren


Articles
· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom

· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel?

· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman

· I'm Afraid to Write!

· Advice on Writing a Novel

· Ode to a Mentor (or Letter from the Grave)

· Hope Can Spring From Tragedy

· Whittling it Down

· Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions


Poetry
· Metro Girl

· Garbage Day

· Cemetery at Sunset

· Of Frosted Flakes and Southern Comfort

· Half Our Lives Ago

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News
· Coming to Ireland

· Coming to Vermont

· From Novice to Novelist

· From Novice to Novelist

· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin

· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom


Events
· From Novice to Novelist

· Coming to Vermont

· Writing Retreat in Ireland

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Blogs by John DeDakis

Scene Building
1/14/2007 3:57:08 AM
Making a Scene

I'm in rewrite mode for BLUFF, the second book in my Lark Chadwick series which began with FAST TRACK. About ten people read the second draft and their comments have been helpful. But it's still up to me to make the necessary -- and I mean necessary -- improvements.


I guess it's a lot like remodeling a house as it's being built. Not pretty. The foundation and basic structure are there, but some new rooms, or in this case, scenes need to be added.


In my day job on "The Situation Room" at CNN, we write for the ear. The writing is meant to be conversational -- the way people talk. So, I'm finding that when building a scene, I start with dialogue. Two people talking to each other.


As I write, the blank computer screen quickly fills up with the back-and-forthing that constitutes our daily interactions. Unless I have a strong sense of what's happening -- the action -- I just stick to dialogue.


Then I go back.


In the second pass, I add details to show what's going on. Each time I loop back and make another pass through the scene, I'm always amazed to see that it's the process of keeping those fingers moving on the keyboard that seems to tap into my subconscious and cause events to come alive on what had been a blank screen.


But there's still a problem. More work needs to be done to complete the bigger project. Scenes may be the rooms of the house, but I still have more mental work to do on the blue prints. I need to construct additional rooms. But what will be their use?


It's a big job. Am I up for it?


Please pray for me, watch this space, but don't call the building inspector just yet.


JD


www.johndedakis.com





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More Blogs by John DeDakis
• Ode to a Mentor....Or Letter from the Grave - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• You Should Write a Book - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Ever Feel Inadequate? - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• Change is Good - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
• Overcoming the Fear of Rejection - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Beating Writer's Block - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
• What a Manuscript Editor Does (and Doesn't) Do - Monday, September 07, 2009
• Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• 5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel - Tuesday, May 19, 2009
• Writing for the Ear; Writing for the Eye - Sunday, May 17, 2009
• Plan a Little; Write a Little - Friday, May 01, 2009
• Building a Novel - Friday, April 10, 2009
• Writing a Screenplay - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
• VICTORY! - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
• A Creative Setback...and Opportunity - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
• Heading to the Inca Trail - Saturday, September 15, 2007
• Solving the Time Problem - Thursday, April 05, 2007
• Simmer Mode - Saturday, March 31, 2007
• The Art of Flitting - Friday, February 02, 2007
• Brooding - Monday, January 29, 2007
•  Scene Building - Sunday, January 14, 2007  
• Getting Stuff Done - Tuesday, January 09, 2007
• Connecting - Sunday, December 03, 2006
• Making Revisions - Friday, December 01, 2006
• In Search of Balance - Sunday, November 12, 2006
• The (sort of) Daily Muse - Thursday, November 09, 2006


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