Okay, so I've compiled a short checklist of essential elements and reminders that should be included in most, if not all scenes. I was wondering if anyone had any input on what else might be added to the checklist? I think it's a good idea to have the checklist in an open document as you write, so not to forget major elements that should be included in your scenes. Here it is: WRITING SCENES CHECKLIST Does the scene have a POV character with a clearly defined goal? Does the scene contain conflict? Does the scene deliver an emotional experience? Is there opposition (in the form of an antagonist) to the POV character in the scene? Does the scene use the 3 act structure? Does the POV character in the scene have reader identification? Does the scene portray a sense of progression? Would the scene be entertaining to the reader? Does the scene contain strong descriptions? Does the scene lack or sag in any place? Don’t forget, the scene can start in medias res (in the middle). Don’t forget possible chapter or scene breaks right when the action hits the roof. What is the level of emotional intensity for this scene? Is the setting in this scene vivid? Does this scene employ any of the 5 senses? POV character has goal - encounters opposition - fails goal - things get worse - POV character reels - decisions for new goals are all bad - decision on recourse is made - new goal determined. Remember, the POV character doesn’t have to fail or achieve his goal in one “scene part.” Remember, many whole scenes are cut up so that other scenes can be interwoven within the narrative—every POV character needs page time.