Scene Worksheet

Scene? Date of Scene: Scene #:
“What if” Statement:

 

Paragraph Summary:

 

Location(s):

 

 

Description(s):

 

Weather:
Characters Present:

 

Timeline:
Purpose of Scene:

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2.

3

4

Character Goal: Problem/What Happened? This problem is typically precipitated by the previous scene… a string of causality that serves as a motor for the pacing of the story. Nice to have three attempts towards the goal in each scene.

 

 

Prizes/Stakes:

 

Overall Conflict at the heart of the Scene?
Opposition/Problem

1.

2.

3.

Strategy

1

2

3

Intial Conflict to be Resolved?

 

 

 

Turning Point/Disaster? Something to write towards.

 

 

 

How does Character Feel at Beginning of Scene?

 

What does Character Gain/Lose: How does he Feel about it?

 

How does Scene Move Character Toward/Away from Goal?

 

 

What is non-POV Character Thinking/Feeling during Scene?

 

 

Conflict/Tension?  Y/N

Sense of Place?  Y/N

Five Senses?  Y/N

 

Emotion/Humor?  Y/N

Begin Near Conflict?  Y/N

End with Shock or a Bang?  Y/N

 

Character Development:

What do we learn about the POV character in this scene?

 

What does he learn/experience?

 

How does he change?

 

How does the scene advance the plot?

 

Where does it lead in the next scene or the one after that?

Sequel Reaction: What’s the character’s reaction to what happened in the scene?

 

 

Sequel Dilemma: What problem does it create for them?

 

 

Sequel Decision: What are they going to do about it – this propels your story forward