Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Every Scene Counts

“A scene in which nothing of significance changes is a scene that is not moving the story ahead.” -- Jeanne Cavelos in Director’s Corner: Creating Strong Scenes.
I’ve written a few of those beautiful scenes that do nothing, scenes where I introduce a character and later wonder what the person's purpose is. I’m sure at the time I wrote the scene I had a good reason, but realized during a rewrite the section added little to the overall story. Perhaps one of the difference between a novice and an experienced writer is the latter is more likely to identify and delete scenes that don't advance the story. At least that's what I've noticed with the submissions I've received recently.

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