My Rubric for Scene Creation.

Following the advice of Jim Butcher, and more advice from Mrs. Wright, I have devised a Rubric for Scene Creation.  It goes thus:

Payload: What is the moment in this scene that changes the story?

String: What is going on in contrast to the main action?

Trick: Why do we expect a different Payload?

Life: What activity brings the background to life?

Goal: What the protagonist wants and why.

Opposition: What the antagonist wants and why.

Outcome: How things go wrong (or, less often, right).

Remember to get inside the viewpoint character’s head.  What is he thinking?  Feeling?  How would he describe it?


How it Works:

You fill it out, then you write the scene, keeping the whole in view.