Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive Scenes

K. S. Cause gives us tips that will make our writing so much more enjoyable to our readers. It helped me!

K.S. Fause

Gone are the days when I wrote scenes on the fly — without thought — letting them unfold as they came to me.  Gone are the days when I thought of myself as a pantser, the type of writer who writes by the seat of my pants without planning.  I’m officially a plotter.  I accept that.  Having some structure ensures that I’m including a particular scene because it drives the story forward and that it’s not doing a disservice to my work.

Two Types of Scenes

For my novel-in-progress, I’m alternating the two basic types of scenes: proactive (action) and reactive (reaction).  A proactive scene occurs, followed by a reactive scene, then back to the proactive scene, and so on.  Author and  creator of the Snowflake Method, Randy Ingermanson, explains these types of scenes in his book Writing Fiction For Dummies.

Proactive Scenes

Proactive scenes contain a goal

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