The world loves a list, and writers more than most – so here’s the list we use to check the purpose and role of each scene in the story. We hope you enjoy it.
A Scene is one event (specific/precise) from one POV in one place at one moment in time (interesting/relevant) – where something changes/happens.
Who is where (when?)
– journey – timeline
– char – scene
– What changes beginning to end?
– Character challenge?
– sub-plot pieces
– jig-saw puzzle / weave / pattern / puzzle
– pieces, bang, wrap
How has the world changed? What does the reader learn?
What was the Action? Reaction? Physical/emotional/psychological/spiritual/intellectual.
A scene is a RELEVANT, DRAMATISED (in real-time; in Show) UNIT (encapsulation) that moves the Story forward.
Escalates to climax (end).
Build tension: decisions, actions, consequences, reactions.
Dialogue, risks. Two hot spots, no more. Long scene, stronger hot spot.
Event – small enough to be dealt with in One Place and Time.
– Contemplative: goal, thought process, decision, epiphany
– Action: argument, chase, description, drama, epiphany, fight
1) Purpose – relevance
3) Setting info (stage setup: time, weather, era, senses, props, symbols/thematic)
4) Chars in scene (why?) – relationship; agenda (each char)
5) Conflict – complications; contributes to ? plot position, growth phase
6) Dialogue – subjects, subtext, symbol/theme, echo
7) Internalisation – agenda, diff from dialogue
8) Actions – dramatic; significant, but everyday actions
9) Hot Spot (climax)
10) Exit line
11) Change-up (link to purpose) – what changes from beginning to end? Physical/emotional/psychological/spiritual/intellectual.
Senses: (detail to bring scene to life) See, Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sense (are there more?)
Timeline of Events in Scenes:
What is at STAKE (Scene, Story, Char)? Outline what is already written –
Growth Begin/end mirror
How has the world changed? What was learned? Do you have a Theme? Logline for scene?