Monday, July 1, 2013 | By: Taffy

LDStorymakers Conference ~ Scene & Sequel with Josi Kilpack



SCENE:
Fast paced, action is taking place
Goal-Conflict-Disaster

GOALEvery scene the goal should be stated, internally or externally
Goal is what the POV character wants, what's important to them
CONFLICT
Someone or something gets int he way of the goal.
Involves someone or something
NOT internal
Creates character and reader tension
DISASTER
Logical but unanticipated
Bittersweet success OR outright failure OR partial failure
Character is left further from his goals

Transition is a simple device showing the reader that a change in time, place, or POV has occurred. This leads to a new scene.
I.E. "The following Sunday..."

SEQUEL:
Slower paced
Off-stage
Recovering from disaster
Shows characterization
Allows character and reader to catch their breath
Reaction-Thought-Decision-Action

REACTION
Not entirely rational
Reflexive (like wiping away a tear)
Can be shown through discussion

THOUGHT
Reviews what happened
Shows why what has happened is important
Considers options to move forward
Shows characterization

DECISION
Specific
Short term
Goal oriented
Clearly state new direction to reader
Shows characterization

ACTION
Usually launches to next scene
Moving in new direction
Can be combined with goal
Statement of new scene
Shows characterization


MAXIMIZE scene & sequel
  • Shift POV during conflict, after a disaster or during thought
  • Less people in scene equals more focus on goal
  • Use reaction, thought and decision to weave back story
  • Know what your characters are thinking even if your readers don't
  • Shorten sequels and lengthen for faster pace.



2 comments:

Jessie Humphries said...

Great wrap up. Man, I have to work on some of this. IN fact, I think I need to do a goal/conflict check in every scene. Good to see you and hang with you Taffilicious!

Taffy said...

It was a good class. I'm ready to check every chapter and fix it! It was good to see you, Humphries!