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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Sixteen

Create the Scene Tracker Form

The Seven Essential Elements of Scene

The technique of slowing down the action in scenes forces the stakes in a story ever higher. At the same time, the stakes also rise for you the writer. Many beginning writers hide from the pressure of creating scenes by relying solely on summary and narration. These same writers hold the mistaken belief that telling what happens is a more controllable arena than showing in scene.

My contention is that if you break down scene into its smallest parts, you retain control.

Like plot, scene has many different layers and functions. The Scene Tracker addresses seven of these essential plot elements as shown in scene.

The seven functions of scene are as follows:

  • Time ...

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