Scenes are the building blocks of story. If you write good scenes, you are well on your way to writing a good story.
So what constitutes a good scene? A good scene fulfills five basic functions:
1) A good scene reveals character.
2) A good scene advances the plot.
3) A good scene builds tension.
4) A good scene evokes emotion.
5) A good scene includes conflict that will lead to the ultimate conflict or story crisis.
Next week, we will begin to look at each element of a good scene in more detail. So stay tuned. 🙂