Episode 5: Writing More Powerful Scenes

writing more powerful scenes

We’ve all seen movies where something pops up that is completely out of nowhere and leaves us confused or read books where we get lost in unnecessary details. When we write, we want to make sure we aren’t leaving our readers feeling this way. 


Today, we are talking about how to make sure you have the details that are needed to make your story come together, how to give hints without giving away the plot twist, and when to add these things into your writing. We are looking at examples from Zootopia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sky High, and Willow to help you get a solid understanding of how to use hints and details to make your scenes more powerful!


I’d love to hear about how you are using these tips in your own writing! Tag me or message me on Instagram @ariellehadfield.authorcoach or join me in a coaching call where we can discuss your story and dive deeper into your questions.


In this episode we cover:

  • Chekhov’s Gun – what it is and why it’s important
  • Examples of the inverse of Chekhov’s Gun in popular movies
  • Using conversations or foreshadowing to set up future scenes
  • Two things that every scene must do
  • Things to consider when when checking if you are writing powerful scenes

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Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.


You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book.

This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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