Cubing As A Way To Analyze A Scene

I have to admit that I’m not too familiar with the brainstorming technique of cubing. From what I have learned so far, it’s method where you must think of six sides to an issue. This can be helpful in deciding on something. I’ll walk you through the concept with a scene.

The first thing you need to do is describe it. Visuallize the action. What’s the setting? Who is in the scene? Write all that down. Once you’ve described it to your satisfaction, you need to compare it to the rest of your story. What parts are like other scenes? What’s different? Write your impressions of that as well. Once you’ve done that. Think about the scene. What does it make you think of? Spend some time thinking about that then write down your thoughts. Then Read over what you wrote and then write down an analysis of the topic. Now you will know your topic better than when you started. Think about that and go back to what you wrote. Highlight the parts of it that you think are good as well as those that are bad. Now step back. Look for patterns. These patterns will be the ones you want to use in writing the scene.

As I said, I’m not familiar with this method. It’s complicated and you might not want to spend so much time working with it, but it is an interesting concept. It could be helpful if you are having troubles with scenes or other parts of your plot.

I’ve never used it, but after researching this topic for this blog, I will do so in future. You could also do a type of analysis by asking who, what, where, when, how, and why types of questions about scene. Then you can decide if the scene fits the story. Sometimes problematic scenes are problematic because they don’t belong in the story. Be aware of that possibility and be ready to scrap the scene. This method could point out how to change the scene so it does fit.

It can also point out missing characters. Or characters who are there who don’t need to be or shouldn’t be. This method will help you to determine that.

We live in three dimensional world. You want to immerse a reader in your story. So, you need to provide as much of a three dimensional world as you can in your story. This method is a good way to do it.

So if you are having trouble with a scene think about this method and see what it does for you. It could help make your story better. It can help bring your reader into the story. It could enhance their experience. That is what our goal as writers is, to give readers a glimpse into our dreams.՗


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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