Outline scenes


Since writing in scenes isn’t second nature to me, I often fill in this type information before I start a scene:

  • Basics
    • Setting:
    • Who is present:
    • What is happening (actions):
  • Emotion
    • Emotional Pulse running through the scene:
    • Emotion at Beginning:
    • Emotion at End:
  • Plot
    • Plot Goal:
    • Plot Complication:
    • Plot Complication:
    • Plot Complication:
    • Disaster at end of scene:
  • What gets reviewed in between scenes (What Swain & Bickham call the sequel part).
  • Goal of next scene:

Often, I get only halfway through this before I abandon it and start writing. That’s fine. It’s just to get the scene firmly in my mind, not necessarily fill out the entire form.

Fiction Notes by Email

When a new post appears on Fiction Notes, we'll send it to you by email.
We love to make it easy for you!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Comments are closed.