The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene

Today we are going to look at The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene thank to Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft and their article 5 Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One. As they say themselves in the article there are probably many other features of a good or bad scene but the list below the break are the essential ones.

The Characteristics of a Good and Bad SceneThe Characteristics of a Good Scene

As the title of the article suggests Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft think the five keys elements needed for a good scene are:

  1. The scene connects to the main character’s problem/goal for that story
  2. It develops the problem in a new direction, which will lead to new scenes
  3. It’s focused on a conflict, which builds entertainingly to a climax and “turn”
  4. It’s got a passionate, emotional point-of-view where we’re inside the main character of that story
  5. The subtext of the character’s attitude and desires behind their realistic dialogue is clear

The Characteristics of a Good and Bad SceneThe Characteristics of a Bad Scene

Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft believe that you can tell a bad scene due to these problems:

  1. Information exchange: characters tell each other things, or tell the audience
  2. Not a necessary step in the evolution of trying to solve central story problem
  3. Not driven by a conflict/problem that builds to a climax
  4. “Good times”/success: audiences tend to get bored when characters are happy
  5. Unclear main character motivations
  6. Objective vs. subjective point-of-view
  7. Lack of strong driving emotion
  8. Not fun to watch or read

As always we recommend you click through to the article 5 Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One on Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft. For those who want to use this article to check a completed story you can download our Good and Bad Features of a Scene Checklist here.

What do you think are the most important characteristics of a good scene? What are the worst characteristics of a bad one? Tell us in the comments below!

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