Journal Entry #12

In class we went over the novels/stories we were given last class as a group, and we were assigned to create our own scenes based on how the author created their scenes. In our group we picked the same scene from Kafka’s novel, but we took a different approach to writing our own scenes based on the author’s work. We all agreed that Kafka’s scene creation was based on more of the character’s interpretation rather than description about the scene or area the character was in. In each of our scenes we created, we had a cliffhanger or dramatic sentence at the ending of our small passage to close the scene. I also learned that when creating these scenes through the character’s interpretation first, we can learn to develop a character in a better manner. We’re looking through the character’s eyes and making them interpret what they see and they describe it to the reader, building the character’s characteristics and personality. The create a scene based on an author’s scene model was difficult because I am used to describing the scenes first rather than jumping immediately into have an interpretation of what the character sees. I also learned that scene creation can be and should be dramatic and there should be significance in the scene. The significance and why a situation or scene matters is due to the dramatic effects it may have. In order to have a dramatic situation or scene, overall we as writers need to have a conflict or tension. There needs to be consequences, emotional ties, rewards, relationships and others to make a scene or certain situation dramatic and significant. There are also different patterns which follow the significance of a scene, such as a triangular pattern (love triangle for example, where there is a conflict between three characters), indirect opposition (two characters arguing but about two different things), missed communication (two or more characters not understanding), and among others. The patterns and significance can improve my creative writing in order to create a better scene, which draws in the reader, makes them want to read more, and adds a dramatic effect to the story.

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