Fast paced, action is taking place
GOALEvery scene the goal should be stated, internally or externally
Goal is what the POV character wants, what's important to them
Someone or something gets int he way of the goal.
Involves someone or something
Creates character and reader tension
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..."
Recovering from disaster
Allows character and reader to catch their breath
Not entirely rational
Reflexive (like wiping away a tear)
Can be shown through discussion
Reviews what happened
Shows why what has happened is important
Considers options to move forward
Clearly state new direction to reader
Usually launches to next scene
Moving in new direction
Can be combined with goal
Statement of new scene
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.