Checkpoint page
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Finally, let’s do a checkpoint piece using the snippet from the previous page as inspiration. 

You can use the following building blocks:

  • Establishing world through character action
  • Adding history
  • Expanding on details
  • Showing meaning and value

But you can use them in any order. What's most important is that you paint a vivid picture of a world.

To write a good scene, ask yourself some questions:

  • Who are the characters in this world? What are they doing? Why?
  • Are they all doing the same thing?
  • Who will I focus on?
  • What physical elements are in the scene? How might characters interact with them?
  • How would these elements feel or smell?
  • What history might be behind some of these elements?
  • What could be the significance of any of these elements?

You don't have to have all the answers before you start writing. Let your mind wander through the image, until you come up with a starting point, then start writing and come back to the image when you need help.

Hint: It's totally normal to have to rewrite and rearrange your work as you go! You only figure out what you want to write by writing it!

The jumbie crawled with ease over thick trunks and gnarled underbrush, even though night in the forest was pitch-black. After centuries of moving among these trees, she knew the paths through the dark and tangled roots as if she had carved them out herself. The branches that caught at the hair of humans and the picker bushes that scratched their skin never hurt her. She knew each one. She also knew when people had walked through them. She could smell their blood on the edges of thorns and the scent of their skin on even the tiniest thread that got ripped off of their clothing.

Paint a vivid picture of a world, based on the image. Include elements such as characters, physical details, smells, feels, history, and significance.