At the core, a novel is simply a number of scenes that have been strung together to form a cohesive storyline. As you may already know by now, attempting to write a novel without proper planning and organization almost always results in failure. It is therefore pertinent that you commit to having as much of the story organized as early on in the process as possible.
Scene planning is important because the characters in the scenes react to the people, events, and places in the story. As such, scenes act as the foundation of any story and if you have the wrong structure or assembly, your story is likely to collapse. To help you out, here are some key scenes to have planned before writing:
The set up introduces the main character to the world. The set up should also establish the core need of the protagonist and it should also set the stage to introduce the setting and the other most important characters.
The first turning point
The first turning point refers to the first inciting incident of the story. The first turning point should make up about ten per cent of the story. It should also allow the audience to understand the protagonist’s desire and inner struggles.
The pinch point
The pinch point is the initial structural element in your story that gives the reader a glimpse of the antagonist or your protagonist’s adversary. The pinch point will allow you to add some pressure to the character and notify the reader of the threat, which will move the story along because the main character will have to react.
The first twist
This is where something new and unexpected happens. A foe may become a friend or vice versa. As a result, the protagonist will be forced to adjust to change due to the setback.
The most important events that propel your story forward take place at the midpoint. The middle scene solidifies the character’s resolve and inspires them to achieve their goals.
The second pinch point
Like the first pinch point, the antagonist will react and the protagonist will have to fight through it.
The second turning point
Here, the protagonist should face a major setback that might even cause disillusionment. The climax is where it is determined whether the main character will push through or not. All the major dramatic queries should be dealt with in this scene which will pave way for the conclusion.
The aftermath is the conclusion that determines whether the main character lost or won