Thursday, August 13, 2015

17 Screenwriting Scenes to Use in Your Novel

by Guest blogger Amanda Patterson
Hope you enjoy the following guest blog. I certainly did. --Elva Martin

17 Screenwriting Scenes To Use In Your Novel

I found this list of the 17 most common scenes found in screenplays on The Script Lab and it got me thinking that authors can, and do, use all of these when writing novels. When we write books, we tell a story in scenes (action) and sequels (reaction). I divided the screenplay scenes, with their given definitions, into these two groups.

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. 
  1. Preparation - What will it take to prepare for the task at hand?
  2. Revelation - The reader/audience finds out something important.
  3. Investigation - Gathering information.
  4. Recognition - The character finds out something important.
  5. The Gift - Using a prop with emotional investment and turning it into a weapon, emotional or otherwise.
  6. Escape - The character is trying to get away, avoid, or hide.
  7. Pursuit - The character is trying to follow, capture, or secure.
  8. Seduction - Someone must convince someone else.
  9. Opposites - Two characters from seemingly opposite poles are forced together.
  10. Unexpected Visitor - Someone unexpected shows up. Problems arise.
  11. 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. 
  1. Setting - Where are we?
  2. Atmosphere/Mood - What is it like there?
  3. Introduction - Who is it we are dealing with here?
  4. Exposition - Necessary information through telling. Quick and brief.
  5. Transition - Getting from one place to another. Fast.
  6. 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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