And Now For a Short-ish Break

That’s the end of the Structure Unit chapter introductions. Coming up next: Character. When? Oh, you know. Soon. Probably. Haven’t started it yet. End of April maybe?

Tentative Plan for Character Chapter:

Character Definition
Character: The Protagonist
Character: The Antagonist
Character: Supporting Characters Roles
Character: The Protagonist/Antagonist Relationship
Character: The Protagonist/Love Interest Relationship
Character: Establishing a Character
Character: Character Arc
Character: Community
Character: Point of View

As always, suggestions go in the comments. And thanks for reading about Structure!

Scene Structure: Beats

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A beat is a unit of conflict.

Actually, there are many definitions of “beats” in writing fiction, but for the purposes of this series, beats are a unit of conflict, analgous to the acts in a story. They’re a tool for finding out what’s wrong with a scene, for strengthening a scene, but probably not for writing one. If you’ve written a scene you think is great, don’t bother with beats. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if a scene isn’t working, then looking for beats is an excellent way to tighten and focus it. Continue reading