Writing is an endless process of revisions and editing, at least for me. So how does a writer know when a scene if finished? I use a template, shown below, to make me ask myself some hard questions. Once I can fill in the blanks below, I feel like I have a working draft of a scene.
I also have templates for settings and a detailed spreadsheet to keep track or dates, when a character is introduced, weather, etc., but template below gives me a sense of whether the scene has done its job in the context of the novel.
My template keeps growing and changing with each novel, but here it is in it’s current format.
Beginning = Hook:
Middle = Development:
Climax = Disaster:
Action (Scene or Sequel):
What does POV Want:
Outcome if POV fails:
How Does Scene Move Plot Forward:
How Does Scene Builds on Previous Scene:
How Does Scene Leads to Next Scene:
What’s Happening Between Characters That’s Not Spelt Out:
Is Setting Best Place For Emotional Impact?
Do you have anything you could add to the template? I like to add new items that I can think about.
Thanks for reading . . .