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Rodney Robbins's Blog Entry

Scene Structure

Posted by: Rodney Robbins (December 3, 2012)

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The unit of measure for an actor might be the line, but for playwrights, it is the scene. Every scene has someone who wants something, and someone (or something) that wants to STOP THEM.

There are only four dramatic outcomes for any scene:

  • Yes.
  • Yes, BUT
  • No, and
  • Hell no!

Dramatically, "Yes" is the weakest answer. Dramatically, "Hell no!" is the strongest answer.

You will build drama into your stories when every scene has someone who wants something, someone (or something) to opposed them, and one of the following answers: yes, yes but, no or hell no!