SepSceneWriMo is coming

The second annual September Scene Writing Month is on our doorstep.

Every day of the month of September, write a scene, long or short, consistent with your WIPs or not, of any combination of:

  • setting
  • characters
  • emotions
  • action
  • conflict

Publish them or not, share them or not, nobody cares. But here’s your opportunity to focus on specific facets of your writing. Maybe you want to nail simile and metaphor. Or perfect character motion as dialog tags. Or the Threes of setting description.

Make them however long you want, but for this exercise, I’ll be working on scenes less than 500 words.

NaNoWriMo is a crock. Who has time to write 1500+ words every day, consistent on a singular plot, for thirty straight days—if you’re holding down a day job? I sure as hell don’t. But I can write a couple hundred, targeted words dedicated to singular refinement of my writing.

SepSceneWriMo, I think I can manage that. You?

(Don’t forget to tag your offerings with #sepscenewrimo so that we can find them.)


POV: Point of View
TENSE: Past & present
DIALOG: People act while speaking
ACTIVE vs PASSIVE: Was & were
CONFLICT: Bad things happening to good people
TIME: Sequential, episodic, flashbacks
TOPICS: Genre, Theme, Story, Plot, Characters, Setting, POV, Tense, Dialogue, Scenes, Conflict, Pace, Active vs Passive, Narration, Description, Show vs tell, Protagonist, Antagonist, Tone, Mood, Style, Voice, Diction, Device, Allusions, Red Herrings, MacGuffins, Hooks, Climax, Conclusion, Denouement.

Prompt generators:

Emotion wheel:


27 thoughts on “SepSceneWriMo is coming

  1. New WordPress user here. I type sepscenewrimo in the box that says “Tag,” or do I need to type the hashtag also? And that’s it? Does that make that particular post show up somewhere? Sorry–I’m not particularly intuitive I guess.

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    1. Looks like you’ve been blogging for a few years, Roy…
      Tags are just like twitter, topical keys to help folks find associated content in the WP Reader.
      WP’s editor just takes the words. It’ll add the hashtag if necessary. (or the little GiftTag icon in the reader).
      Looking forward to your contributions.


  2. I did do NaNoWriMo a couple of years back. Successfully. It WAS a hack of a challenge, though.
    I’m glad to hear that there are smaller versions of it, like SepSceneWriMo. Go for it! You sound like you are very aware of the things you are trying to work on. Good luck!

    Right now, I’m really struggling with time, so will have to pass.

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      1. All joking aside it is pretty disturbing when that happens. My personal belief is that the only cure to emotional stupidity is studying the masters of classic literature. Others are free to disagree of course and I know there are many good contemporary writers, but in my opinion there are very few if any Thomas Hardys or Henry James’s or Prousts or Dostoyevskys or Maughams or Flauberts etc in the world in terms of the sheer brilliance of psychological analysis and expression. But there’s also very few people in the world who care about that right now. So I guess it’s a wash.

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        1. If YOU care, maybe it’s not a wash.
          Are you going to get into writing fiction? If so, I look forward to your offerings. Non-fiction essays are OK, too. They often require acute consideration, which is hard to muster these days.

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          1. I’m not sure what “getting into” writing fiction would entail. How much does one have to write with how much exposure until one is considered to have “gotten into” it? I might participate a bit in next month’s challenge and maybe even make a serious attempt at it. The type of fiction I want to write, I write in secret and have never allowed to see the light of day. The only stuff I show other people is stupid shit. To get a cheap laugh so people don’t see my pain. The pain of having a boss who’s an idiot.

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            1. If you like to read fiction, then definitely do not get into writing fiction. I’ve written about “Writing ruined reading” here and it’s a risk.

              My content is all over the map. Whatever suits my fancy at the moment. Your topics? Wouldn’t matter really, as it’s the process that, once you start, you get addicted to—getting better. But I’d be curious as to what you come up with.

              Your skill is obvious. I thought you might already be onboard.

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  3. SceneMo. Well, this week I picked up an Elizabeth George. Wherein feathers clung wetly followed closely by an -ing sentence starter. However the moors and the frame of mind of the woman who finds the first body, prior to her finding that body, ate up 3.5 dense pages. I hit that UK prompt site. I think the perfect iceberg opening is akin to “Dragnet”. It was Tuesday, warm for January in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of crockoshit division. My partner’s Willy N Hand, my name’s Bob. Modified, of course, to get that info sliding in and not pasted to the scene’s forehead.
    The rain, sheets of it, blew in hard from the west. Funny, behind the downpour the smell of dust still lurked, as if the drought wasn’t going to die an easy death. In the alley behind Smithson’s Hardware, the man lying face up, half in half out of the wheelbarrow borrowed from a sidewalk display hadn’t died easy, either. If he wasn’t already dead, he’d be drowning, the wheelbarrow spilling blood and muddy rain over its sides, onto the rough asphalt to run…here it comes…pinkly away!
    Flipping up his collar against the rain and jumping through the door, Meyers pulled his daily carry Glock43, shot the two would hitmen and cursed his soggy Marlboro for not lighting.quitters. Everything was quitting on him. Time to rethink his assignment. The red pen for sorry writing was no longer mandatory as shit was lauded as shinola everywhere he turned. The two dead hitmen sent from Amazon Indy Writers was just the beginning of the shitstorm…

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    1. Always an entertaining interlude, when you riff. Were I to assemble all your example-filled comments no doubt they would qualify you for a year’s worth of daily scene writing.

      -ings will be one of my back-o-the-mind notions this go-round.

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      1. Speaking of the wheel, which we were, right? Somewhere around here I have the emotion thesaurus, full of all the body language that accompanies those tip o the iceberg -ed verbs. You know, hand wringing, junk checking, all that. Free if ya want it. And who’s to say proud shouldn’t be in bad and that vulnerable is all that sad? I mean some idiot hanging off a cliff with a hook driven into the mountain could be proud, definitely vulnerable, possibly nauseated and insecure. What a wealth of emotion! So what would you call his state of mind? Aside from insane for being there in the first place? What attribute of personality would we assign a person in bright yellow satin boxers, no shirt, barefoot riding a Moped on the tollway? Television evangelist? Just kidding, I’m avoiding the one man army kitchen mini remodel.

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        1. > Somewhere around here I have the emotion thesaurus, full of all the body language that accompanies those tip o the iceberg -ed verbs.

          I was thinking of this very thing a few nights ago. It’s like there’s 20 ways to look someone in the eye. And that’s it.

          Coming up with new, accurate and evocative phrases to show emotive interaction is always a challenge.

          I keep coming back to dialog and your emphasis about it being the glue that holds the story together. My characters seem to be talking quite a bit more these days…

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          1. That’s a good thing. Otherwise it’s open mic night at the storyteller’s cafe. And then Bob seen, and then Bob did, and then it rained some an the giant gala monster et his dog, an then bob walked some more an built a fire…
            Learning to let people talk, hearing them in your head saves your narrative behind. You don’t have to make up all that shit, they’ll serve it up and put it on the table for you. We know who X is by what they say and how they react. Beats hell outta writing. And adverbs.

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  4. Hi A. Mole,

    This post is filled with operative statements and it is hard to determine which one is more operative than the other. Here are a few: consistent with your WIPs or not, publish them or not, share them or not, nobody cares, make then however long you want, NaNoWriMo is a crock, who has time, I sure as hell don’t, (and then the single word, which means so much for the post), “or” which occurs five times by my count. But I think the most important one is “you” which means “me” and after thinking about this post and since I don’t know about any of these things, I think I will only say how happy I am for the Crud Mud who has apparently left the building. Is that true? If so, we must admit that life happens away from the computer and apparently, the Crud Mud is looking for more life. Which is a good thing, yes? No? Shit, I’ve fallen into your trap. Thanks. Duke

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    1. Mr. Mudge is more of a conundrum than a curmudgeon. Writing talent drips from his fingers, yet he defers its application. One can only hope that someday he decides to commit that insightful angst to paper in the form of story.
      Trap? More like the La Brea Tar Pits.

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