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Most books about the craft of writing fiction don't even define a scene, much less describe how to write one. Even fewer address sequels. Scenes are the exciting, turbocharged parts of fiction, driving the story forward. Sequels provide a breather, where the focal character can celebrate or lick his wounds and plan his next move. Together, scenes and sequels help create page-turning fiction. The concept of scenes and sequels were championed by Dwight V. Swain (1915-1992) and Jack M. Bickham (1930-1997). Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction, builds on the work of Swain and Bickham to create the most comprehensive and concise explanation of scenes and sequels anywhere.


Mike Klaassen is the author of Backlash: A War of 1812 novel, two young-adult novels and Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven essential tools for bringing your story to life. He publishes "For Fiction Writers," a free, monthly ezine about the craft of writing fiction. For more, visit