When blocking out a scene (or already writing it), you will invariably stumble upon a spot that just doesn't feel right. Logically it seems to be working, but your gut is telling you something is off, yet you can't pinpoint what it is exactly.
That's a scene hole—a blind spot where you don't know what happens.
Write a list of emotions each character goes through, to fix it (my edior calls this the "emotion train," and we study it in more detail at Wolves and up level in our writing classes). Use the emotion wheel for guideline.
Why do this?
Because you might've missed what's happening off the page while you were busy thinking about what's happening on the page. Here is how to fix it:
- Take a paper pad (no screens) and a pen.
- Write the first character's name (order doesn't matter), then next to it write a list of every emotion they go through in the scene (the emotions can't repeat!). So, instead of writing out the character's actions like you would for scene blocking, write out what they feel.
- Repeat this for every character in the scene, in the linear fashion (in linear time, even if the scene jumps around).
See how awesome this is? Found a bunch of holes, didn't you? Thought so. I'm doing this for a T.U.B.E. scene right now.