Friday’s Findings: Sketching Out a Scene

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:

How the Written Universe Works: 7 Rules of Construction #amwriting | Life in the Realm of Fantasy (

5 Ways to Enhance Creativity and Get Those Ideas Flowing Once Again – Deanna Proach Writer

Crafting a New World | Tessa Kinsla (

How to Flesh Out a Scene – Colin Klawans

42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists | Writing Forward

7 Practical Ways to Increase Motivation in Fiction Writing – Precious Nkem

Photo by Karolina Grabowska

One comment

  1. Thank you for sharing. Your website looks amazing. Will definitely have to check out your articles.

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