Early in my writing journey, a wise wonderful woman, The Queen of Everything, critiqued SHADOWS in its infant stage. The small bit Marilyn wrote has stayed with me and surpassed all the writing books I’d read. I know she didn’t call it the P-A-M principle, but that’s what it is.
Every scene needs the same three elements in some form.
Place—set the scene, whether by giving a paragraph or a few sentences to let the reader “see” what and where the characters are.
Action—something has to be happening. Can be a character’s action or reaction.
Movement—the scene must move the story forward. Sometimes, this is where I get stuck, especially when I fall in love with a scene that does nothing. My savvy critique partners don’t let me get by with it. 🙂
With the Where The Magic Begins judging, I will be passing this advice along to beginning writers. Please share any tips that have made a difference in your writing.