Perhaps the most instinctive of all the Scene’s* building blocks
is the decision. This third and final piece of the sequel grows out of the character’s dilemma and leads right into
the next scene’s goal. The decision
is the little cattle prod on your story’s backside that keeps it moving.
Conceivably, your character could sit around contemplating his dilemmas for the
rest of his life. But good stories require forward motion, and the only way out
of a dilemma is to make a decision—whether it’s right or wrong.
Options for Sequel Decisions
1. To take action.
2. To not take action.
Long-Term Goal, Short-Term Decision
Obvious Decision or Long-Shot Decision?
To State the Decision or Not?
Questions to Ask About Your Sequel Decisions
Sequel Decisions in Action
Tell me your opinion: Was your protagonist’s latest decision clear from the context, or did you decide to state it outright in the text?
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Story by K.M. Weiland