Ana summarized a post by C.S. Lakin. See the entire post at jerryjenkins.com. Nov 28, 2016
Process for a Solid Scene Worksheet
#1. Identify the Purpose of
the Scene. In one sentence, explain
what you intend to accomplish with this scene.
#2. Identify the High
Moment. What is the key moment your
scene is going to build toward? Describe in one sentence what will happen and
why it’s important to your story.
#3. Describe the inner and outer
conflict that will permeate this scene and what this conflict will accomplish.
how your character will change by the end of the scene. Explain how this change
helps advance your plot and/or complicates things for your character.
#5. Determine the best character to experience this scene
in POV. Be sure that every line in your scene reflects the voice and
mind-set of the POV character. Describe each new character through your POV character’s eyes.
#6. Leave Out the Boring
Stuff. Distill backstory to a line or two. Take out lines of description of character or setting
that reveal nothing that matters.If your scene has dialogue, look for
extraneous speech tags you can delete. Ensure your narrative tags are helpful
and revealing (instead of phrases like “she sipped her coffee”).
#7. Work on Your Beginning
and Ending Hooks. Make the opening of your scene engaging. Start in the middle of
something happening and stay in the present action to quickly build to the
End at or right after your high moment
with a strong hook that will make your readers dive right into the next scene.
#8. Add in Texture and
Sensory Details. Be sure the first
paragraphs of your scene establish the setting. Think about weather, time of
day, time of year, sights, smells, sounds, the feel of the air or room,
lighting. Include details that will help transport your readers into your
Choose intriguing settings that will add
texture to your scene, where possible.