2008 Books #23: Make a Scene, by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
On the quest to strengthen my skillz, I'm studying the way that scenes work and how they can be used to keep the reader intrigued--which is my goal, as opposed to following the Way of the Dry and Boring--and this book covers those topics thoroughly. In addition to explanations of different types of scenes and the effects they create individually, the author discusses how to combine the different types so that they make the reading experience as interesting as possible for the reader, without sustaining tension for so long that the reader gets worn out. The final chapter also deals with scene assessment and revision, with lists of questions to ask so that you can diagnose your scenes' problems and fix them. In other words, this book made me happy.
I have another book about scenes that I'll read soon, in the hope of consolidating what I've learned and also learning through the juxtaposition of the two authors' methods of explaining scene structure.