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Communicating with Teens A Lot Like Writing Fiction

There’s a amazing parallel between scene writing and real life. In a fiction-writing class I took last year, primarily informed by Jack Bickham’s popular book, Scene and Structure, I learned that within the scene, where there’s a conflict, a character’s response is often written in a certain sequence: Emotion, Thought, Action, and Dialogue.

Communication with people often takes the same course.  Didn’t your mother always say “think before you act” or “think before you speak?”

Here’s an example: Juliana blinked back tears. How could Roland Jeffries have allowed the orphanage to fall apart like this? Beds infested with insects, leaks in the ceiling! She firmed her jaw, and stepping across the wood floor she backed the director into a corner. “These children deserve better!”

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