The Functions of a Scene

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. 🙂

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