Mike Klaassen

This is the second book I have read by author Mike Klaassen, and I like each one more and more. Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction teaches the writer how to focus on their writing using a closer structure—the method of scenes and sequels. The book explains the process and how to incorporate it into your own fiction writing for a stronger, more action-packed story overall. Scenes are goals, while sequels are responses, and all of these formulas are written out in the book for ease of conceptualization for the writer. Also included are passages that explain troubleshooting, how to read a piece of your own writing and find the problem if you're struggling with a scene, and when to put away the writing if you just can't come up with a proper sequel. The book also explains how to apply the scene and sequel technique and how to examine if what you're writing is a scene or a sequel, which is helpful. Basically, this is a different way to write that will give your writing project the extra action and emotion that it needs and requires for the best possible publication outcome.

In Scenes and Sequels, I enjoyed the Goldilocks example and found that the story breakdown was exactly what was needed to explore the concept of scene and sequel. There are also worksheets to help with your analysis of a specific passage of writing, and I found myself taking notes outside the book so I could reference them later while writing. In addition, Mike Klaassen provides fiction writing terms at the end of the book that should prove helpful to the new writer, or even to someone who has been in the field and needs a refresher. I would recommend this book to all writers, new and not-so-new.

—Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite


"A rare and mostly engaging dive into the nitty-gritty of scene construction."
—Kirkus Reviews

. . . Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Scenes and Sequels" is enhanced for the aspiring author with the inclusion of a seventeen page glossary of fiction-writing terms; a four page bibliography; a four page index, and eight pages of end notes. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, and presentation, "Scenes and Sequels" will prove to be an invaluable instruction guide and reference. Very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections . . .
Midwest Book Review


"Indispensable nuts-and-bolts advice for crafting successful fiction. Highly recommended."

— Evan Marshall, co-creator of The Marshall Plan® Novel Writing Software


"I am a huge fan of Jack Bickham’s classic craft book Scene & Structure, and consider it one of three essential books to a writer’s library. When I learned of Mike Klaassen’s new book, Scenes & Sequels, and its efforts to expand upon Bickham’s work, I looked forward to reading it with great anticipation. Well, it doesn’t disappoint! It’s a great addition to Bickham’s initial explanation of the two most important elements of story and delivers both an in-depth explanation of these elements and an important expansion of the principles it delivered. Highly recommended for serious writers."

— Les Edgerton, Author of Finding Your Voice and Hooked.​​


SCENES AND SEQUELS: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction