Jim Butcher on Scenes and Sequels

So I’ve been doing this writing thing for a while now. Eighteen years, more or less, once you factor in the time spent working on poetry, scripts, gaming stuff, an unfinished thesis, and stories as a collective whole.

I still go out and learn to do stuff.

And I still read stuff where I am thoroughly fucking schooled and have the way I think about writing turned on its head.

Case in point: this one-two combination from 2006 or so where Jim Butcher talks about Scenes (which is stuff I know) and Sequels to Scenes (which blew my writer-brain in no uncertain terms).

The sequel stuff feels like someone just sat down and wrote a short essay that basically says, “hey, you, short story writer, this is why you struggle with novels.”

Go forth and read it.


  1 comment for “Jim Butcher on Scenes and Sequels

  1. maggiedot
    01/02/2014 at 2:24 AM

    Ooo, this is great! I've never thought about how the Scene-Sequel thing breaks down, but now that I think about it in context of having recently read The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy, I can *so* see it in action–even in a classic, society-strife novel!

    Thanks for sharing!

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