The following section is pulled directly from my newest book, A Wordy Woman’s Guide for Writing a Book.
How is a scene different than a chapter?
A book consists of scenes and sequels. Each scene is the “place” where a particular part of your story is carried out. If your protagonist has an argument in his office, then that scene contains an argument in the office. The way your protagonist feels and responds to that argument is the “sequel.”
A book contains the repetitive notion: scene followed by a sequel, scene followed by a sequel, scene followed by a sequel, scene followed by a sequel, and so on.
The reader needs to read and understand your protagonist’s reaction to the scene that occurred. His/her sequel can be short, a few sentences, or much longer. Whatever response the character has is appropriate for that particular scene and serves to move the plot forward.
Chapters contain these scenes and sequels, OR a chapter can be a continuation of the scene or a sequel from the previous chapter. Chapters can also contain more than one scene.
Tell me in the comments, have you heard of scenes and sequels before?
I know this might all sound confusing. But in the end, you don’t have to know the difference between scenes and sequels and chapters, you just have to write a story. But now you can share this tidbit of information with your writing group. I promise not all of your writer friends have heard of scenes and sequels, at least the ones in my group hadn’t!
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