# Writing a Scene

When you add a scene to your story, you'll be presented with a form. You may notice that each form section matches a corresponding row in the Timeline. Your scene should, at a minimum, have content for Heading and Action, but all other story elements are optional.

# Add a Story Beat

Prewrite is story pattern agnostic, meaning it allows you to tag your scenes with story beats from many widely used paradigms such as, The Hero's Journey, Save the Cat, and Dan Harmon's Story Circle.

# Heading (required)

A scene heading, also known as a Slugline, sets the stage for where and when the action takes place. It usually begins with INT., EXT., or I/E., interior, exterior or both, followed by the location, i.e. HOSPITAL, PARKING LOT, and ending with the time of day, MORNING, EVENING, or other type of temporal indicator, ie. MOMENTS LATER, CONTINUOUS.

Examples

INT. KITCHEN - MORNING

EXT. DESERT ROAD - NIGHT

I/E. STADIUM - DAY

Sometimes headings can be more basic when the usual format doesn't apply. i.e. MONTAGE.

# Body

This section works like other screenwriting program such as Final Draft, Celtx, or Writer Duet. When the cursor is on a new empty line, you can hit ⇥ TAB to cycle through the various text types, or hit ⏎ RETURN to view a smart menu of text type options. You can either click on the type you want or use the hotkey listed in the menu.

Write your content in third-person, only what can be seen or heard by the audience because a screenplay is ultimately meant to be performed.

# Notes

Jot down anything important to your process here, this content will not make it into the final script.

# Characters

Click the add button to either create a new character or choose one from your bank of available cast members. Clicking a character on the right will add them to the scene. You can click and hold to edit characters or hit the x to remove them from the scene.

# Theme

This section allows you to mark whether or not the scene addresses the story's theme in one of four ways:

  • Explored - The scene is touching on one or more aspects of the theme but not making taking a strong stance on the core message.

  • Challenged - The scene is playing devil's advocate and expressing the other side of the thematic argument. Doing this can keep the core message of the theme from seeming too preachy.

  • Stated - The scene makes clear what the author wants people to feel about the core message of the theme.

  • Symbolized - The scene presents a metaphor, either visual or contextual, that relates to the theme's core message.

# Emotional Value

Every scene you write must have an emotional impact on your characters or the audience. This section helps you track whether circumstances have improved or worsened by the end of the scene.

# Plot Threads

A steady and frequent stream of setups and payoffs is an essential part of an engaging plot. This section can be used to connect the current scene to others from earlier or later in the script, revealing interesting patterns of interrelated events throughout the story.

# Image

Upload or search for an image to show a cool location, important object, or powerful idea. Be as creative as you'd like.