Let’s connect the pieces of plot, scene, and sequel.
Plot at its most basic level is your lead character’s goal and the journey to reach that goal. That journey is played out in the scenes and sequels of your story.
Scenes show the reader the individual steps your character takes to reach his or her goal and the setbacks along the way. Sequels bridge your scenes and present the character’s reaction—emotions and thoughts—to the setbacks, and his or her subsequent decisions and renewed action toward the final goal.
In your WIP, can you identify:
- The beginning, middle, and end of each scene?
- How each scene moves your plot forward?
- Your sequels?
- How your sequels move your plot forward?
For practice, look for the scenes and sequels in your favorite novels. Does some aspect of your WIP have you stumped? Share below.
Debra L. Butterfield © 2013