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Conflict in every scene? Disasters in every act? Yes and no


Straightforward and valuable advice for writers from Roz Morris in today’s re-blog :-)

Nail Your Novel

15517166590_fabb8e02ee_oI’ve had an interesting question from Ben Collins.

I have read that each part of a novel should contain a ‘disaster’ and that every scene should either contain conflict or be deleted. Is this too rigid a formula, or do you think it is correct?

That’s a good question with a lot of answers.

So let’s take it apart.

‘Every scene should either contain conflict or be deleted’

I certainly subscribe to the view that every scene should feel like it’s moving forwards. Something should change, and in a way that keeps the reader curious.

In my plot book I talk about the 4 Cs of a plot – crescendo, curiosity, coherence and change. You can hear me discuss it here with Joanna Penn on her podcast. Three of those Cs are relevant to this question – curiosity change, and crescendo. Crescendo is a sense that the pressure is…

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2 responses to “Conflict in every scene? Disasters in every act? Yes and no

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris March 27, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Thanks for the reblog, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai March 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

      As always and forever—thank you for the original blog post :-)

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