My favorite scenes? I love them all!

This month, we’re talking about favorite scenes to write and, honestly, it’s hard to choose. I love writing so many scenes and all for different reasons!

Mehr News Agency - Muharram ceremony in Kahrizak Charity FoundationFirst of all, I love writing about real live places that I miss because it’s a way of visiting. My current WIP includes a chapter set in the Kahrizak Charity Foundation in Iran where I spent many hours among its wonderful doctors, social workers, and residents. It’s been years since I was there and writing makes it all come alive again.

I also love writing anything that includes a bit of absurd humor that mocks my villains. A DOOR BETWEEN US opens with a scene in which an iron-fisted matriarch ends up face-planting in the middle of an elaborate wedding ceremony. My current WIP includes a snooty sister-in-law that gets locked in a bathroom infested with cockroaches. It’s super satisfying to see the bad guys lose!

Anything that includes mischievous kids is also fun to write, perhaps because they remind me of my own. A DOOR BETWEEN US includes a scene where a ten year old is pitching a fit because he’s certain his brother is pointing a finger at him from under the table where it isn’t visible to anyone. My own kids have been at each other’s throats for offenses even more trivial than this and writing about it helps me keep my sense of humor about it all.

Finally, it is an absolute joy to write a happy ending. I just finished writing a final scene for my next book in which a dear character who has suffered so much is finally free to pursue the life she desires. I was literally in tears, so grateful that things finally worked out for her!

What scenes do you like to write?

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Ehsaneh Sadr is an Iranian-American novelist and activist with a PhD in International Relations. She has worked, in various capacities, on campaigns related to Palestinian human rights, Iranian sanctions, access to credit for rural villagers, and safe spaces for children in crisis. She currently works with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to create the cultural and infrastructure changes needed to support a shift away from carbon-based modes of transportation. Ehsaneh currently lives in Northern California with her husband and two children but also considers Washington DC, Salt Lake City, and Tehran to be home.