A few weeks ago my writing buddy Rich and I had an interesting discussion about how we approach writing scenes. I had shared some stuff that was pretty raw due to time constraints and was mostly dialogue. He was surprised I started there -- he begins more descriptively. But I usually think about where the conflict is, which characters will be in the scene and go from there. Then I move to stage business - where they are in a setting, how they move about, and so forth. Each pass at the scene (before I would even call it a first draft) adds a layer. Sometimes it all flows in one, but more often I'm focusing on an element at a time, maybe because it is my first novel, maybe because it is just my way.
Rich and I end up in the same place i.e., with a complete scene but I think we "color" differently.
This makes me curious, now that I am a SheWrites member, to hear how others approach the blank page for a scene --