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The Scene Construction Sheet

Now that you have the basic concept for your plot and have developed ideas for scenes, it is time to write them. Let's examine what constitutes a scene.

A scene consists of specific characters in one location going after a specific goal at a specific time. Characters can enter and exit a scene. Characters can move from one location to another. The  important part is to not waste page time on the boring details of transport from one place to another and to avoid timeline plot holes with starting out in the morning and having it pitch black night ten minutes later. In every scene, we need to know where we are, when it is, who is present, and whether they get what they want.

Scene# ___ 
What are the obstacles involved?:
It the goal achieved? ¨Yes   ¨No   ¨Yes, but    ¨No and furthermore
Type of Conflict: ¨External # __  ¨Antagonist # ___   ¨Interpersonal #____ 
or ¨Internal # ____
Source of Conflict:_____________________________________________________________
Who is involved: ¨ Protagonist  ¨Antagonist  ¨Love Interest   ¨Friends # ___________   ¨Foes#_______________
¨Main Plot or ¨Subplot____
Physical Location:(geographic, room or building, outside, inside, in a vehicle, etc.).
Date: ____________________ Day of Week:_________________________________
Time ___ o’clock
¨  Morning  ¨ Mid Morning   ¨Noon   ¨Afternoon ¨ Evening  ¨Night
Season: ¨ Spring   ¨Summer   ¨Fall   ¨Winter
Holiday or other special occasion_____________________________________
Weather or Room Conditions:____________________________________________________
Opening Line: __________________________________________________

Closing Line:___________________________________________________
For downloadable forms please visit
For more about how to craft plots using conflict check out, Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of conflict available in print and e-book and check out the free tools and information about the series on my website.

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