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Learn the common elements of compelling scenes and how to start, develop and end each segment of your story effectively.

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Learn how to write scenes with structure and purpose

What four features do the most compelling, readable scenes in fiction have in common?

How do you structure a scene so that it is a satisfying, intriguing sequence of story events that is rewarding to read by itself, but also clearly relates to wider plot and character arcs?

Get the answers in our concise, detailed guide to writing scenes.

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  • Fundamentals of writing scenes
  • Using scenes to grow your story: How to start, develop and end a scene
  • Practical ideas to improve scenes and keep readers interested
  • The structure of Scenes and Sequels, ways to chain together action and reaction with examples from successful books
  • Writers seeking to improve their scene-writing skills
  • Writers who want to make readers curious and sustain their interest in what will happen next
  • Writers who are serious about improving their craft
  • Writers seeking practical advice, exercises and examples to develop story scenes


With exercises


Explaining concepts



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The four elements every scene needs

What are the four elements that all scenes need? Find out plus definitions of key terms and recommended reading.

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Snagging attention with your hook

Learn why hooks are important for every scene and read examples of scene hooks from bestsellers.

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Then what? How to develop a scene

The ins and outs of developing a scene using various techniques such as scenes and sequels and action and reaction.

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Ending your scene

Learn when to end scenes vs use scene breaks, where 'cliffhangers' come from and ways to leave readers wanting more.


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What you get:

  • A 32-page guide to scene structure featuring examples from contemporary fiction, covering:
    How to begin a scene and hook readers' attention from the start,
    Developing your scenes and raising tension so readers stay invested in each scene's outcome, and
    How to structure scene endings to drive your story toward future plot events and keep readers eager to find out what happens next.
  • Motivating and insightful quotes on scene-writing by accomplished authors throughout the guide.
  • Checklists and recommended reading at the end of each section to help you apply insights to your own storytelling.
‘The sooner you start the action in a scene, the more momentum it has to carry the reader forward. If you find yourself explaining an action, then you're not demonstrating the action any longer.’ — Jordan E. Rosenfeld