Perfect Scene Templates To Help You Plot Your Book

Perfect Scene Templates To Help You Plot Your Book


Over the past four weeks, I have written about mastering scenes and sequels. In today’s post, I have included scene templates to help you plot these storytelling units.

Previous posts included the basics of scenes and sequels, the anatomy of a scene, and the anatomy of a sequel.

How to use the scene templates

  1. Keep the scenes in numbered sequence.
  2. Print 60 copies of the scene template. (This is a guideline.)
  3. Print 30 copies of the sequel template. (This is a guideline.)
  4. Fill them in.
  5. Stick them up on a wall, and move them around as necessary.

These are the five most important questions to answer in each scene:

  1. Is it a scene or sequel?
  2. Who is the character with a scene goal?
  3. What is that goal?
  4. Who stops him or her from achieving it?
  5. How does he or she fail? What is the ‘failure’ at the end of the scene?

You need the following information for your scene templates:

  1. Scene number (where does it fit into the sequence of the book?)
  2. Scene type: Is it a scene or a sequel?
  3. Setting
  4. Who is the viewpoint character (VPC)?
  5. Who tries to stop the VPC from achieving the scene goal? This is the opposition character (OC) for the scene. He or she is not necessarily the main opposition character in the novel.
  6. Who supports the character in a sequel? This is usually the confidant or friend.
  7. Other characters: If there are any in the scene.
  8. How will you create conflict?
  9. Do you have enough dialogue in your scene?
  10. Will you have a ‘disaster’ at the end of the scene?

Top Tip: Remember that you can create your own scene templates to plot your book.

Click here to download: Writers Write Scene Template

Click here to download: Writers Write Sequel Template

If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg, or sign up for our online course.

by Amanda Patterson