Learn How to Structure Your Scenes–in 5 Minutes!

Today, I’m guest posting on The Write Now Coach with a post titled, “Learn How to Structure Your Scenes—in 5 Minutes!” Here’s an excerpt:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

Structuring Your Novel (affiliate link)

You know my favorite thing about story structure? Actually, it’s a little hard to narrow down a list that includes such goodies as stronger stories, easier first drafts, and solid answers to the nebulous and frustrating question, Why isn’t this working?!

So let’s just say one of my favorite things about structure is how easy it is to grasp the basics. This is true of story structure as a whole (which I discuss, in depth, in my book Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys to Writing an Outstanding Story), and it’s true of structure on the smaller level of the scene.

If you’ve got five minutes to spare, then you have all the time you need to learn the basics of how to structure your scenes. Ready? Set your timer, because here we go!

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About K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland

K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Just what I was battling with. After thoroughly structuring (with your advises) my novel and knowing where I am headed from the start, I was still battling with the same issue. Not knowing how to proceed. But I guess by learning how to structure a scene, I may get out of this state. 🙂
    Although I have started the actual writing simultaneously, since I can’t resist the urge anymore. 😀
    Maybe I will do both structuring/outlining and the actual writing together. But… who knows. I change my style everyday.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Ultimately, we always have to dive in to the actual writing and learn on the job – because we’re never going to get it all completely figured out!

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