Tech Tips: Using Scene View to Organize Your Story Beats

Nov 17, 2017 | Tech Tips

A lot of people use the Beat Board to lay out their story in a non-linear way, but if you’re someone who prefers a more linear, A-then-B-then-C approach to structuring a plot, Final Draft has another way that might work for you.

If you’re starting a new project and you want to start with thumbnail sketches of your scenes in chronological order, go to View > Scene View.  You’ll see a blank scene row, and in the Add Scene Title field you can enter information that indicates what happens in the scene:

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Right-click or Control + click to bring up the context menu, from which you can select Insert New Scene:

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A new scene row will be added, into which you can type the next scene title:

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Now all you have to do is insert enough new scenes and you’ll have a great story!  Simple!

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What's New in
Final Draft 10?

Collaborate
Write in real-time with a writing partner

Story Map™
Outline acts, scenes, and sequences

Beat Board™
Plan your script beat-by-beat

Alternate Dialogue
Store multiple lines of dialogue in the same script

Used by 95% of film and television productions.

Used by 95% of file and television productions
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