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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.

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