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12-9-12 Mastering Two Different Types of Scenes

12-9-12 Mastering Two Different Types of Scenes

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Trick question for you: What’s one of the most overlooked pieces of the storypuzzle?Okay, so it’s not really a trick. It’s a legitimate question with a legitimate, if somewhat surprising, answer. And that answer is: the scene.Yep, you heard right. The scene—that most integral, most obvious, mostuniversal part of any story—is also the most overlooked and least understoodwhen it comes to the craft of storytelling.
How do you explain the scene?
Everyone has a different answer.
1.
A scene is a unit of action. (Okay, that’s great, but what makes it a unit?)
2.
A scene is a unit of action that takes place in one setting. (Well, that’s oftentrue, but there are definite exceptions.)
3.
A scene is a unit of action that features a specific cast of characters. Whenthat cast changes (i.e., a character enters or leaves the scene), the scene ends.(Not even close. Sure, some scenes begin and end upon the entrance of characters, but others truck right along with a revolving door of supportingcharacters.)Before we go any further, I’d like you to take a moment and consider yourdefinition of the scene. And I’m going to bet it’s harder to quantify than you maythink, isn’t it?
The two different types of Scene
The problem with most definitions of scene is that they’re, shall we say,
vague
.And by their very vagueness, they’re not of much help to authors who want tounderstand this fundamental building block of the story. Over the next twelveSundays, I’d like to share with you a series about the nitty-gritty of scenes.We’re going to explore some concrete facts. We’re going to learn the basicstructure of scenes, variations upon that structure, and how to use an
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understanding of the scene to pack them one upon another until we have a storythat’s rock solid from beginning to end.To begin with, let me note that we’re going to be focusing on two different typesof scenes: scene (action) and sequel (reaction). In my opinion, these areabsolutely ridiculous titles that don’t help at all with the misunderstandingssurrounding the issue. However, since these are the commonly held terms for thestory components we’re going to be talking about, I’ve decided to maintainthem. For the purposes of this series, “Scene” with a capital
S
will refer to thescene in general (which can include in its definition the sequel). I’ll use a small
s
and italics for
scene
and
sequel 
when referring to the two different types of Scenes.As the series progresses, I’ll be breaking down
scenes
and
sequels
into smallerpieces so we can analyze what makes them tick. But for now, let’s take look atthe big picture.
What is a
 scene
?
The
scene
is where we find the conflict. This is the action part of the action/reaction dynamic duo. Big stuff happens in
scenes
. Plot points change thecourse of the story. Characters act in ways that affect everything that happensafterward. These are the Scenes that will loom large in your stories.
What is a
 sequel 
?
The
sequel 
is a much quieter, but just as important, factor in your story. Withinthe sequel, we find the characters reacting. Usually, there’s not too muchoutright conflict, but there’s plenty of tension. These are the Scenes in whichcharacters and readers alike are allowed to catch their breath after the wild andgripping events in the previous
scenes
. Reactions will be processed anddecisions will be made so characters can jump right back into the next
scene
.As we dive deeper into the exciting world of the Scene, we’ll talk about how tostructure the arc of each Scene, how to link all
scenes
and
sequels
so they allbehave like proper little dominoes, how to use Scene knowledge to spot plotproblems, and we’ll even dig down briefly onto the microscopic level of paragraph and sentence structure within the Scene. It’s going to fun, so hangaround!

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