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How To Resuscitate A Lifeless Scene – Writers Write

If the scene falls flat, it could be because we don’t know why Gavin’s doing this. Maybe, it’s time to delve a little deeper into his psyche. Remember that most people have an agenda for everything. We play games to show our strengths and hide our weaknesses, and most of your characters will do this too.

Sometimes, we seem to have covered the basics when we write a scene. We have a character with a scene goal, there is conflict, and there is a reversal, or a disaster, at the end. We’ve also includes dialogue, body language, and action. And yet, there is still something missing. It should work, but it doesn’t.

What lies beneath?

A simple way to fix this is to go beyond the goal of the scene and to look at the character’s underlying intention or motivation in that scene. In other words, ‘Why are they doing this?’

Example: Gavin, a top model, meets his new agent, Fred, for drinks. His scene goal is to get to know the man better and to tell him he wants to make more money. They end up talking, finding out more about each other, and maybe disagreeing about things.

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