How to Write a Resurrection Scene

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Part One

  1. What is the purpose of this resurrection?  

»A. Is it based on the prophecy or is this resurrection random?

I. In prophecy usually a group of people, a village or more patiently waits for the prophecy to happen. Whether the person being resurrected will save the world, save their country or is a symbol. The prophecy can either be welcomed or feared. How has the people prepared for this resurrection? What is promised in the prophecy?  
    
II. For a random resurrection, who decides to bring back the person or the deity. Do they have their own power or easy given to them? Why did they decide to wake up from their…. rest?  
  

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»B. Describe the signs of the prophecy happening. What takes place right before the resurrection or during the resurrection that shows the reader something important is about to happen or is currently happening? ?

I. The skies can part, crows can gather, a national disaster such as an earthquake can occur. Maybe the prophet who spoke of the prophecy is dying or says it’s happening within three days. Depending on the sign it allow your reader to know whether the person who is being resurrected will be good or bad.  
  
II. During the resurrection things may or may not go as planned. But that does not mean the person being resurrected is a bad person. There could be an evil force preventing the person from being resurrected. What are the witnesses doing in order to make sure the resurrection is going well? Do they close their borders or their gates to prevent outside from entering?

 
  
III. Who notices these signs and who prepares after noticing the signs. Is there a way for these people to rush the signs? Do they create their own signs as well such as using fireworks for celebration, going to a church to pray, dancing in the rain,etc?

  

Part Two

    1. Who witnesses this resurrection and what does it inspire them to do ?

»A.Who are the chosen people to witness and do they already have an idea this was going to happen? It doesn’t even have to be human.

I. Could only be family or friends, or random people, no one at all is worthy, or perhaps someone who is dreaming. Do they want to be better people after seeing this? Do they want to tell everyone they know after seeing this? Do they question the world around them and their existence? Or how about the wish they never saw it.
 
  
II. For a random resurrection there must be a random people to view it. Because no one knows that it was going to happen. How are these random people taking it in? Do they run and hide. Rejoice? Scream and shout? And maybe they heard something about this but they didn’t know it was true. Now that they see it before their very eyes are they are shocked, and standing still like stone.

 
  
III.If the witnesses aren’t human but animals or creatures that you created, what do they do after and during the resurrection? Assuming that the person being resurrected is the main character, how do they feel about no one being meant to see this?  
  

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»B. What are they inspired to do now? Do they wait until the resurrection is completed or do they start right away? What device,if any, do they have available?

I. They can be inspired to spread the word about the resurrection. Maybe do what ever the character being resurrected did so that they can resurrect too. Whether it’s sacrificing themselves or changing themselves for the better. Do they want to worship the resurrected person? . 
  
II.  Some people may not even be able to finish the resurrection for whatever reason. Whether it is because they are fainting or they’re afraid or because they can’t wait to do with what they are inspired to do. Maybe their in a trance or were told specifically by the resurrector to go forth and do something. Also, if they have electronic devices they can use that to their benefit.

 
  
 

Part Three

    1. What does the person who is being resurrected look like? What are they doing?

»A. Note their clothing, and their hair, and how their skin looks. Use some adjectives to describe them. What point of view is it? The witness’s point of view, the resurrector? Each person will have a opinion of what the resurrection looks like.

I. Their appearance:

Clothing:

None
Robe
Torn clothes from when they died
Clothing restored from when they died
Wings

Hair:

White or silver
Natural color
A bright color such as yellow or orange
Styled very long
Styled messy or clean
Like it was before
Flowing in the wind
Silky, thick, smooth

Skin:

Clear
Still dirty from when they died (if they were in battle)
Younger
Older

Adjective to Use:

Glorious
Radiant
Superb
Extraordinary
Amazing
Awesome
Unimaginable
Promising
Inspiring
Flawless
Peaceful
Perfect
Timeless
Awe-inspiring

 
  
II. Depending on whose point of view it is, how is the person being resurrected seen? Is there envy, remorse? Example: An enemy just finished off the main character but he is resurrected shortly after. Also, what does the facial expressions of everyone in this seen look like? Does it match the way they look? The person who has risen from their… slumber may look like an angel but has a nasty look on their face. Or vica versa.  
  
III. Does the look change? The person being born again can go from happy to mad in an instant. So can whatever they are wearing or his/her hair. Example:

From clean white rob, bowl-cut hair, and brown eyes —-> Torn robe, spiked hair, red eyes.
From Torn clothing, messy and dirty hair, and red shot eyes —-> Clothing fixed, hair fixed and eyes back to normal

These changes can be temporary or permanent.
 
  

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»B. Are they already doing magical things?Are they doing things they wouldn’t have done in the previous life? Are they better or worse off? What interaction do they have with the witnesses?

I. Do they now have powers? How do they use of these powers? At first do they scare the witnesses because they don’t know how to use their power? The may accidentally hurt someone or burn a tree down. Are they floating while being resurrected? Do they disappear after being resurrected or even fly?
 
  
II. Do these powers change them to be better than before they were dead or worse? Can they control their powers? Do they even want the powers? What are the power intended for?
 
  
 

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Part Four

    1. What message is sent to the people who are witnessing the resurrection? What is the person being resurrected thinking?

»A. Is the witnesses being ordered to do something? Are they able to have a conversation with the person being resurrected? Are there any warnings or other prophecies? ?

I. They are probably told to tell people what they have seen. Or may not. Maybe they need to keep quiet about it for a while in order for the resurrected to attack the enemy with surprise. May they have risen only to tell one last message to the people. If that’s the case it has to be something important. For example: How to win a battle, how to create something, take away something, restore something, or improve something.

 
  
II. There does not need to be a conversation, however, they can still communicate. Whether it’s with gestures, with a song, showing the future or another prophecy using powers…. If a conversation does take place, who is doing most of the talking and are questions being answered not only for the reader but for the witnesses? 
  
 

»B.What thoughts are in mind of the main character, whether they are the person being resurrected or a witness? What do they see that no one else sees?

I. Maybe they want to go back to…. sleep. Or ditch and figure out their new powers. How about if the resurrect isn’t the correct resurrected or a fake. Can a witness see that? Do they notice? What if the resurrected see a witness that is a trader. What do they do?

 
  
 

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Part Five

    1. What is the next step for the person being resurrected?

»A. How does the future look; what changes forever

I. After all is said and done, where is the resurrected going? How do they plan on getting there and are they going alone? 
  

II. What is promised, what is warned, what is happening as the resurrected says his/her goodbyes?
 
  
III. What is left behind, given as a gift, or what words are repeated? How has this moment changed the history of your story? And who would believe it besides the witnesses?

 
  

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