Recently, I’ve discovered a time saving, creativity building writing method that I’ve completely fallen in love with. They’re called scenarios. Using scenarios has probably doubled my daily word count. I found them using The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer, which was a book for my masters class.
What is a scenario, you ask? Well, it’s what it sounds like. A scenario is a mini-scene that never appears in the book. To write a scenario, picture the scene in your head and write about it rather than actually writing dialogue and description. A scenario is like a journal entry about the chapter or scene in question that more or less lists action events along with emotional responses or whatever else pops into your head at the time.
Why do I love scenarios? When I see a new scene in my head, I want to get it down on paper as fast as possible before I forget that awesome plot twist. A scenario moves much faster than a real scene, so everything that’s in my head appears on paper. From there, I can write the scene without all the metal clutter jumbling the good writing. And if my scene doesn’t turn out exactly like the scenario, who cares? No one but me ever saw the scenario to start with..
Sometimes I put pieces of dialogue or a particular description that catches my fancy as I’m going pretty fast. Although scenarios can be written in any form, I like my journal. I keep a writer’s journal to doodle, jot notes, and otherwise brain dump. So, I like to write my scenarios in my journal because it gives me that moment to center my thoughts and take a deep breath. You can type yours, I’ve done that too. Whatever works.
Try it out 🙂