Even though I am at the part of the revision process where I’m going through each scene one at a time, I decided to jump back up to looking at the story as a whole. I did this to add just one scene. But before I wrote a rough draft of the scene, I made notes of the following:
Why is this scene needed?
What needs to happen in this scene?
Who needs to be in this scene?
Is it a long or short scene?
How can this scene begin and end?
What is the goal, purpose, tension and conflict in this scene?
I answered each of these questions in one or two sentences. It only took a few minutes, but it helped clarify how this scene would be constructed.
The next thing I did was write a scribble version of the scene. Each bullet point had a phrase of what happens next, then next, then next in this scene.
And finally, I wrote the scene’s rough draft.
It was so much easier because I did all the previous steps.
And here are some articles on fiction writing I’ve come across lately: