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Scene Changes

Postby crlisle » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:19 am

Hello forumites,

Currently in my short story for Q2, vol. 37, I have named my scene changes as book chapters.
What is the proper format for the contest entries?
Do I take out the chapter names or leave them in?
Do I separate the scene changes with a pound sign?

I noticed in Vol. 33, MOONLIGHT ONE used chapter headings to show going back and forth from then to now and back to then, etc.

Thoughts? Advice?

Thank you!
Q1 37 R
Q2 37 HM
Q3 37 HM
Q4 37 submitted
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Re: Scene Changes

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:51 am

crlisle wrote:Hello forumites,

Currently in my short story for Q2, vol. 37, I have named my scene changes as book chapters.
What is the proper format for the contest entries?
Do I take out the chapter names or leave them in?
Do I separate the scene changes with a pound sign?

There is no standard format in this regard, although short stories are generally less in need of chapters. Either of the options listed above is appropriate so long as it doesn't detract from the flow of the story.
If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells

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Re: Scene Changes

Postby AlexH » Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:35 am

Whatever you think works best for the particular story.

Scene changes are usually separated with a centred hash or three asterisks, which I'd still use even if each scene is titled.

Here's a related super secret: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7600&start=210#p88815
35: - R R R | 36: R HM R R | 37: HM HM HM ?

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Re: Scene Changes

Postby Andy Dibble » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:51 am

I wouldn't go out of your way to add chapter headings because they can sound cute or forced. Chapter headings are kind of like adverbs. Always consider whether it works better without them :)

A short story where chapters work well is https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a-y ... theradane/

I think they did in this case because:
* the plot proceeded in recognizable sections (different attempts at solving a problem) that could be named easily
* The chapter heading were kind of cute but added levity. The story was already written with that tone.


Also it's common to use a # to represent all empty lines in a story manuscript. The reason they are used for scene breaks is that most stories only empty lines are scene breaks (That's what I think Alex was alluding to when he said to use # even if scenes are titled.)
35.2 R
35.3 R
35.4 R
36.1 First Place
36.2 HM

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Re: Scene Changes

Postby crlisle » Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:05 pm

wotf007 Thank you all. Your input is very helpful.
Q1 37 R
Q2 37 HM
Q3 37 HM
Q4 37 submitted
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