Although you are not writing a screenplay, these 17 scenes may give you more ideas for creating conflict, and, for making peace, in your plotting.
Scenes: This is where your characters act. They mostly plan, seduce, argue, escape, search, meet, talk, pursue and investigate in scenes. Scenes take up about 70% of your novel.
- Preparation - What will it take to prepare for the task at hand?
- Revelation - The reader/audience finds out something important.
- Investigation - Gathering information.
- Recognition - The character finds out something important.
- The Gift - Using a prop with emotional investment and turning it into a weapon, emotional or otherwise.
- Escape - The character is trying to get away, avoid, or hide.
- Pursuit - The character is trying to follow, capture, or secure.
- Seduction - Someone must convince someone else.
- Opposites - Two characters from seemingly opposite poles are forced together.
- Unexpected Visitor - Someone unexpected shows up. Problems arise.
- Reversal of Expectations - A character expects a certain, very clear outcome, but another character surprises him, influencing him to reverse his intention and do something else - practically the opposite of what he planned to do.
Sequels: This is 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.
- Setting - Where are we?
- Atmosphere/Mood - What is it like there?
- Introduction - Who is it we are dealing with here?
- Exposition - Necessary information through telling. Quick and brief.
- Transition - Getting from one place to another. Fast.
- Aftermath - How does the character feel about what just happened?
I hope these scene ideas inspire you when you write your book.
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