Contrasting Scenes

Today I learned how to create a contrasting scene from the book, “The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing.” When a big negative scene is thrust upon my characters, a small yet positive scene affecting them helps build the suspense.

An example would be if my character, Olivia, had a nice morning with her sister before her first sighting of the resident ghost. Their conversation about how nice the house looks  with the Christmas decorations before her traumatic encounter offers what I call the calm before the storm.  I could switch it around so that Olivia sees the ghost before her sister arrives with, say, a plate of chocolate cookies.

Do you have any tips on creating good contrasting scenes?

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