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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Seventeen

The Scene or Summary Column

In chapter fifteen, you marked the starting and stopping points of the scenes and summaries in your manuscript. The first column on the Scene Tracker is where you indicate the chapter and the scene number. By primarily tracking scenes, we emphasize their importance in carrying the full weight of the plot. We do not track summary on a scene tracker beyond noting “SU” when a summary appears between scenes. If, however, an important date is mentioned in a summary or a pivotal event is summarized, feel free to use the “SU” rows to keep notes.

The more organized you keep this column, the more organized your overall story and writing process will be. Of the many scenes you craft, not all of them will make ...

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