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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Chapter Six

Staging Strategic Scene Work

What is Scene Work?

Scene work is the blood, sweat, and tears of writing. At any given point in your story, the audience will be far more interested in the conflict within the current scene than in the overall conflict. If you allow yourself to create weak scenes in service of the larger story, you will sabotage your work. You cannot let your characters simply seek each other out, exchange vital plot points, and then go about their business. Each scene must be a self-sufficient microcosm of your total work: filled with personality, conflict, mini-triumphs, mini-defeats, and, yes, irony. (I told you that would show up a lot!)

Misconceptions About Scene Work

Misconception: The most powerful conflict occurs ...

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