The consequence or effect of a scene on the overarching plot is a vital component of how well the scene will work in your novel. In this video I discuss several ways to create consequences so that scenes have more meaning and momentum.
- All proactive scenes need to have a consequence or effect on the overarching plot.
- The consequence of the scene is anything that changes how the character moves forward.
- The character could obtain a new item, run into a new obstacle or conflict, change their perception or opinion of something or someone, or obtain a new piece of information.
Questions to Ask About Your Novel
Look at a few scenes in your novel. Is there a clear consequence of the scene?
Does the scene have an effect on the plot? Does it change something about how the story moves forward? A scene that doesn’t change anything is most likely ineffective and irrelevant. A strong chain reaction between scenes helps create a sense of momentum and excitement in your stories.
If you have any questions about scene consequences, please post them in the comments.
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