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Johne

Identifying Scene Types For Originality / Repetition

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I’ve been thinking of adding a Scene Type column to my Story Grid spreadsheet ever since I heard the Categorizing Scenes episode of the Story Grid podcast, so tonight I went through and mapped out the scenes from the Beginning Hook of my Fantasy / Noir (Thriller) novel. The purpose of this exercise is to make sure you don't have the same kind of scene over and over, like the 'Cup of coffee' scene.

This is what I came up with for Scene Types:

  • The horrible, dreaded, hackneyed ‘Amnesiac’ scene
  • We’re off to meet the wizard (as it were)
  • Expectations subverted
  • The old ‘golem turns up on your doorstep’ scene
  • The old ‘golem turns up on your doorstep’ reprised scene
  • The ‘I have no idea what’s happening here’ scene
  • Meeting the family
  • The cranky old man scene
  • The fish-out-of-water scene
  • The ‘I have no idea what this scene is’ scene.
  • The Showing the ropes scene
  • Attacked by a mysterious foe
  • The walkabout scene
  • Confessions with the cleric
  • Turning the tables
  • The mysterious fare scene
  • Refusing the call
  • Attacked by a mysterious foe
  • Appearances are deceiving
  • The come-from-behind sports trope scene
  • The come-from-behind sports trope subverted scene
  • An unexpected ally
  • Learning unexpected powers
  • When best friends squabble
  • The con
  • We’re off to meet the wizard (as it were)
  • Crossing the threshold
  • When dreams die in the harsh light of day

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Interesting!

 

I understand the logic of mapping out the scenes, but I don't see your novel here. Probably you do, and that's what matters.

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"...Dreams die in the harsh light of day."

 

A perfect ending for a noir thriller, Johne!

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14 hours ago, EClayRowe said:

"...Dreams die in the harsh light of day."

A perfect ending for a noir thriller, Johne!


Two thoughts that just ran through my mind: 

  1. Hey, that's pretty good - I wonder who wrote it.
  2. Wait, I wrote it? When did I write that?

And then I (barely) remembered writing this, and when, and where. It's not in my novel per se but rather in the spreadsheet I use to keep track of my novel. This is the new Scene Type text that I wrote just the other day, hence when I didn't recall writing it at first blush.
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Maybe I will eventually get good enough at this process that I don't need the spreadsheet, but, as they say, this is not that day.

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