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@terryrodgers wrote:

@justin Rocket wrote:

@terryrodgers wrote:

I guess it depends on what the novel is about. For instance, if it’s a thriller and the protagonist has to catch a killer by the end of the novel, then you may not be able to introduce such a large reveal as survivors guilt in the first two pages. To explain that in the first 500 words unless it happening at the moment may force you to tell it rather than show it. You don’t want to start a novel with two pages of telling. How are you planning to the reveal his guilt?

I’m aiming for the reveal to be in the second scene. I don’t want to show it in the first 500 words of the novel, but in the first 500 words of the second act. As for how I plan on doing it, (note that this is titled as ‘scene 1’, but that was when I was thinking of starting the novel with this. I now believe that it should be scene 2. I’m trying to figure out what to put in scene 1 (which I know should introduce the protagonist and, in which, I want to introduce the sidekick and their relationship).

I guess I’m still too new to writing, but using the words scene 1 or 2 is confusing to me. Do you mean chapter 1 or 2?

A chapter can have more than one scene, so the two terms “chapter” and “scene” are not equivalent.
A “scene” is some series of events and their reactions which take place all at the same time and place. So, a bank robbery may have one scene (the holdup at the bank) or it might have two scenes (1. the holdup at the bank and 2. the car chase to get away from the cops) or it might have a lot of scenes. A “chapter”, on the other hand, is typically a bunch of scenes which are related to one another in some sort of tighter relationship than the over all plot. So, if your protagonist is a cop trying to figure out a crime and, while she’s at the precinct, she learns that the villain is threatening her family, a chapter might include the scene where she’s at the precinct and another scene where she’s racing home and another scene where she pulls into her driveway and discovers that her house door is broken down and another scene where she’s searching the house and learns that her child is missing and a note has been left behind.