HOW TO CRAFT A PERFECT SCENE

Every writer has a method for how they create each scene. There’s no wrong way to do it, as long as it’s working for you, and over time, all writers develop their own style. The following is an outline of the method I use to ensure each scene is valuable and engaging.
Each scene should either advance your plot or reveal information about your character. If your scene does neither, cut it. People tend to skim or skip over scenes that have no clear goal.


I begin with the dialog. I write out what conversation is taking place first. This helps me to ensure each scene is relevant and that the overall message is there.
Next, I go back and fill in all the little details that bring it to life. This is where describe the setting and any non-verbal actions taking place.
Once I’ve finished those critical details, I begin to fill in any narrator commentary or internal thoughts.
Lastly, I give it a read over, swapping for better words and removing unnecessary sentences.
Here’s a quick list of the benefits of using this method.

  • Controls releasing too much information too fast.
  • Ensures every scene is relevant and the message is clear.
  • Keeps narrator ‘rambling’ to a minimum.
  • Helps speed up the editing process.

Once your scene is constructed, ask yourself the following simple questions.

  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • What is your character’s reaction to the event?
  • How did the event affect your characters and their world?

If you follow my method, you are sure to have a solid scene that will keep your readers engaged. If this post was helpful to you, consider checking out our website. We have tons of great ideas coming for authors who just need a little boost.

This post is contributed as Guest post by Andrea Lacey-Payne.

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5 Responses

  1. The link provided is no longer active. We’ve now merged with The Literary Enclave to give authors even more resources to help them along the way. You can check out some of my other posts there.

  2. Thank you for the invitation, the tips and info are great.
    I guess that’s why it is said that Knowledge is Indeed Power

  3. Bruce Jensen says:

    I use a similar plan as you posted. Why, when is it planned or an opportunity, and what does s/he do to escape the scene without leaving evidence.

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