Each scene is a step towards the final big event that happens at the end of the story.
Can you tell I’ve been learning from The Plot Whisperer? One of the things I do as I revise is to check my story, scene by scene, to make sure each scene has a purpose.
I also think about the characters in each scene, what their goals are for that scene and how the scene contributes to their overall goal. I’ve been noticing some interesting ways my character’s goals interact, leading to scenes that have more than one purpose in the story. Watch for:
- scenes with no apparent purpose: they need to be cut or amped up (even if the writing is amazing)
- scenes where too much is happening: sometimes they need to be broken up
- scenes that repeat in terms of the pattern of events or structure
“…it wasn’t until I learned to see scenes on a micro level—as needing goals, obstacles and turning points of their own—that I became a publishable writer.”
Lena Coakley,Some Thoughts on Scene Structure, posted on her blog November 30, 2011.