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Scene Checklist

I thought this was a helpful writing tool with great explanations on how and why (with examples) to use a scene list in writing. I hope you find it helpful as well. Cheers, Mindy

A scene in a story or novel has a lot of work to do. If you think of a story as a series of scenes, then it stands to reason that treating your scenes to a thorough tune-up might be the best way to revise a story.

Below is a scene checklist, put together by a writer, Amy Muia, based on our class interactions, with a few modifications. This checklist draws on examples from “The Siege At Whale Cay,” a short story by Megan Mayhew Bergman anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2015, edited by T.C. Boyle.

 Best American Stories 2015

Setup and Background Information

Most scenes are preceded by a paragraph or two of backstory that creates context, followed by a set-up paragraph that establishes the specifics of time and place for the occasion. In our story we learn that we are in the Caribbean, on Femme Beach, part…

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2 comments on “Scene Checklist

  1. Paddy
    July 19, 2016

    Great Information. Thanks!

    • Mindy
      July 19, 2016

      Thanks Paddy, glad you found it helpful I always like it when the writers gives examples.

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