It's been a productive series of several good writing days as I near the completion of the latest draft of my new novel. I've been rewriting the climatic last third of the story, delving in some nightmarish depths of the imagination to harvest the kind of creepiness required to bring it all home. As I've been chugging along, I've once again been reminded of the importance of thinking of a story in scenes. When it comes down to it, storytelling is a series of scenes. One needs to flow into the next, while each must serve its own purpose. The scenes stack up like a block tower, supporting and building on each other. Envisioning it that way has really helped me construct something that I'm proud of.