Posted on December 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“Formulaic” is often tossed around as an insult.

We’re not suggesting that you make your novel as predictable as can be — far from it! – but we will posit that following a certain pattern can help you ensure that your novel moves forward.

Mystery author Zara Altair suggests alternating between proactive and reactive scenes.

Both involve conflict of some sort, and they build upon each other to create a seamless story arc.

Altair shares the key features of each type of scene and a checklist to ensure you’ve covered all your bases in a post on her Write Time blog.

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