In my latest draft (currently 15.5k words), I've been marking scenes as being Type 1 or Type 2. I think I'm wasting my damn time.
A Type 1 scene, in the jargon of the craft, is more properly called a scene. In concept, a scene begins with a plan and ends in disaster, thereby pushing the plot forward by increasing tension. A Type 2 scene, usually known as a sequel, begins with the aftermath of a disaster and ends with a new plan. It also serves as a release of some tension, which energizes the reader and allows him to continue.
I have taken to calling these Type 1 and Type 2 simply so that I have something that makes sense to write at the top of each of my scenes. This means I don't need to distinguish between the two meanings of the word "scene." But therein lies the problem: there are two meanings, and I have been conflating them.
The last scene I completed was the second version of 2-1, which begins with two characters making an attempt on the Jungfrau summit and ends with them licking their wounds in the Mönchsjochhütte. The scene is right at 1500 words in total, but to say that it is a single, contiguous scene is incorrect: at about the 1000 word mark, we transition from the Rottelsattel to the hut. This is literally a change of scenery, but it also marks the end of the disaster and the beginning of the recovery.
In other words, I'm doing the whole scene/sequel thing perfectly (first definition of scene) without thinking about it, but at the same time I'm attempting to shoehorn whole scenes (definition two) into the scene/sequel (definition one) pattern. I did not do it this time, but I have done it before, with pretty much every scene in chapter 1, and I feel a little daft for it right now.
Maybe I'll go back and rewrite chapter 1 at some point, but not right now. I'm sick of rewriting things. So I'm going to rewrite 2-3 and go from there. (Shut up.)