SCENE 7: Showdown in Every Scene

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Importance of Scene Disasters

Are you personally a peace maker? Do you try to smooth out conflict among your friends? Are you in trouble when you try to write fiction!

Scenes must end in disaster, at least a majority of the time. Fiction is about conflict and that means that scenes should end with conflict and tension. The situation just got worse for the main character.


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I’m emphasizing this point by giving it a post of its own, it’s that important. Too many authors begin first drafts loving their characters so much that nothing bad happens.

Boring.

Something must change by the end of a scene:

  • New information comes to light and we suspect it’s important information.
  • Someone’s feelings/emotions change for the worse.
  • A character fails to obtain something.
  • Partial success, but it only brings discouragement; the cup feels half empty, not half full.

Make sure that every single scene has conflict and ends with something worse than before.

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1 Comment
  • Rebbie Macintyre
    November 7, 2010

    I love those end-of-scene guidelines! Thanks a bunch!