NaNoWriMo – 19 – Making a Scene & Some Common Errors

Yes. Same book …not a rerun. I haven’t read this entire book, but I should, and given time, I will.

The scene, you see, has conflict at its heart…
~~ Jack M Bickham

Scene and Structure

Just as causes result in effects and stimuli result in responses, the scene inevitably — if written correctly — leads to another scene.

What is the pattern of a scene? Fundamentally, it is:
      Statement of goal.
      Introduction and development of conflict.
      Failure of the character to reach his goal, a tactical disaster.

Here is a partial list of things that can go wrong:
      1. Too many people in the scene.
      2.  Circularity of argument.
      3.  Unwanted interruptions.
      4.  Getting off the track.
      5.  Inadvertent summary.
      6.  Loss of viewpoint.
      7.  Forgotten scene goal.
      8.  Unmotivated opposition.
      9.  Illogical disagreement.
      10. Unfair odds.
      11. Overblown internalizations.
      12. Not enough at stake.
      13. Inadvertent red herrings.
      14. Phony, contrived disasters.


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Bickham, J. (1999). Scene and structure (p. 23, 83). Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books.


For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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