So far our group has discussed ‘Voice’ and ‘Style’. Today we discussed ‘Scenes’.
What is a scene?
If words are the building blocks of sentences and paragraphs, then the scene is the brick that builds the entire story. It consists of one setting – time and place. It has only character’s Point of View (POV) and one event. It has a beginning, a middle and an end.
The POV character should have a clear goal. There should be some form of conflict – even if only a trivial decision. When the conflict is overcome this may lead to either disaster, and increased conflict and tension in future scenes, or a decision, possibly leading to a new goal in another scene.
Something should happen – the event.
The scene must have purpose; it should move an element of the story forward – whether character arc, plot arc or theme arc. This could be a physical change, an emotional change for a character or a change in understanding on the part of the reader.
The most important thing is something must change.
- contain only one character’s POV
- one event
- one setting – time, place
- move an element of the story forward – either character arc, plot arc or theme arc
- something changes
by Karen J Carlisle