Scenes That Count

Scenes That Count

Only have scenes that move your plot. The purpose of a scene should be building a relationship between your hero and heroine or it can be steps toward the suspense if this is a part of your book.

You wouldn’t want to have a scene where your heroine spends the day with her nieces if there isn’t anything in that scene that moves the plot. This isn’t to say you can’t say she spent the day with them, but you wouldn’t want to play the scene out with dialogue and action.

Be sure you don’t put too much introspection or back-story in your scene. You need a balance between the two and dialogue. The trend now is to use as little back-story as possible. Having too much introspection or back-story slows your pace down.

I have read scenes that forgot about their characters’ conversation and instead gave long descriptions of the setting or the history of an area. By the time, the writer made it back to the characters, I’d totally forgotten what was being said earlier. The importance of that scene was lost.

Also don’t let one character have large never-ending chunks of dialogue without someone responding. If someone tells you something devastating or important, you’ll probably be interchanging comments with that person. Be sure you break up large sections of dialogue, make it quick and spontaneous between your characters.

If you find yourself adding scenes that aren’t relevant, you may want to rethink your plot and make sure your internal and external conflicts are strong enough. It’s better to start over than to trudge forward with a book that is loaded with unneeded scenes to fill pages.