6 rules for writing scenes
Good stuff, explaining the six rules that every scene in a novel should have.
We start by dividing each scene into two parts: scene (action) and sequel (reaction). We then further divide each of those halves into three more pieces each:
- Goal (the protagonist or POV character sets out to accomplish or gain something).
- Conflict (en route to his goal, his efforts are blocked by an obstacle of some type).
- Disaster (the character’s attempt to gain his goal is at least partially stymied, forcing him to move forward on the diagonal, instead of rushing straight ahead through the plot).
- Reaction (the character must then react, however briefly or lengthily, to the previous disaster—this is where the vast majority of character development will take place).
- Dilemma (as the result of the disaster, the character is confronted with a new complication or dilemma in his attempt to reach his main story goal).
- Decision (the character comes to a decision about how best to act, prompting a new goal in the next scene).