Scene Checklist

Writers Write is a writing resource. In this post, we share a scene checklist to help you write your stories.

Beginner writers tend to write essays when they first start writing novels. Successful writers soon realise that a novel is not an essay. It is a story populated with specific characters who live somewhere and who speak. These characters all have story goals.

It is also filled with conflict.

Most importantly, a novel is made up of scenes, which include action scenes and reaction scenes, which are known as sequels or sequences.

As we wrote in a previous post:

  1. Action scenes are ‘…where your characters act. They mostly plan, seduce, argue, escape, search, meet, talk, pursue and investigate in scenes.’
  2. Sequels are ‘ …where your characters react. They think, reflect, process, rest, accept, and make peace in sequels. Sequels are also used to establish setting, reveal backstory, and show theme.’

But how do you know if you’ve written a great scene? Here is a good checklist to help you out.

Scene Checklist

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Posted on: 7th May 2013

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