I'm a big believer in Dwight V. Swain's techniques with his scenes and sequels and motivation/reaction units, etc. Scene = real time action with goal, conflict and disaster Sequel = reflective moment with reaction (to the previous disaster), dilemma and decision (which becomes the goal for the next scene) While walking with my wife this morning, she came up with a new term that fits in with this. I was complaining (I'm a writer, okay?) about the road map I'm building for the next draft of my WIP because I'd outlined a scene, but then realized it had a sequel within the scene. It's one of those moments where, as a writer, you skip ahead and then do a quick summary to catch the reader up: The next morning, the MC is in bed with his dream girl. The reader goes: Huh? How the hell did that happen? So, the author does a quick summation of the events that lead there. With me so far? So, I was saying to my wife, "What the hell do you call a scene that contains a mini-sequel? Without batting an eye, she said, "A sneak-quel." So, there you have it. A new writing term. Sneakquel = a scene into which you sneak a sequel I'm not sure what to call the sequel into which I sneaked a scene, though. (sigh) Perhaps I'll go for another walk with my wife this afternoon.