I think people give the advice “show, don’t tell” too much. That being said there is one place in every story it’s very important to show. If you don’t show in this place, readers will have a very difficult time orienting themselves and actually enjoying your story.
The point where you need to focus on showing is at the beginning of a scene.
How To Start Scenes
Most scenes should begin with two essential pieces of information:
- Where are we?
- How much time has passed since the last scene?
- Who are we with (for stories with multiple viewpoint characters)?
This can be done in one sentence or one page, but if you don’t set the scene with this information, your readers may feel lost and frustrated.
Audit the story you chose in the first lesson with the following questions:
- Take note of the beginning of each scene to check if you’re being clear enough. Do you include location and time information?
- If not, is the scene clear to the reader?
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