How many times have you finished writing a chapter or a scene and are unsure of its importance? Or better yet, maybe it’s a critical scene, but it lacks the tension you were hoping for. Can you save your scene?
Before completely deleting the scene, which I never suggest doing (if I remove a scene, I save it in a different document), brainstorm different ways that can make it matter to the plot or to introduce conflict if it’s boring. In the end, if the scene falls flat, then maybe it’s best to remove it. But before you make the final decision, try these three tips to save your scene.
3 Tips to Save Your Scene
1) Have you introduced new information vital to the plot?
Overall, after if you’ve tried all three tips, if you still need to delete the scene, then feel free. If the scene isn’t moving the plot forward or developing the character or revealing something new for the reader, then ask yourself if it’s essential to the story. But I urge you to save your scene in a separate document just in case. Deleted chunks can be a great “behind the scenes” view for your readers down the road.
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