- When you first write fiction you allow yourself free rein to write any scene you want to make the story you want to read. This is great!
- But when it comes to re-reading your novel you may notice that some scenes, though fun, are actually irrelevant to the story. These usually need to be rewritten or reworked to make the story work.
- Think of TV and Films/Movies. No scene in a film or TV show is random, so if you’re watching a crime show and a scene appears out of the blue of two people talking, you know that is has some relevance to the episode. It could be the writer trying to mislead you into believing someone else committed the crime, or they could be highlighting someone who is involved in the crime, but it is important.
- The same goes with fiction. No scene should be wasted. You don’t need to go overboard with this advice and plot every little detail but it should always be a part of the plot or have a reason for being in the story, even if it’s just part of the characterization.
- As tempted as you might be to add inconsequential scenes to your fiction, my advice is to resist or to, at least, change these so that they are relevant.
- Think of films where you watch a scene and think `Who is this person? What are they doing there?’. Usually you later find out that they are integral to the plot. Keep that in mind with your stories. Your reader will, most likely, react the same way to out-of-place scenes as you would.
(This is similar to the concept in Chekov’s Gun where something seems unimportant but isn’t)
- A fictional voice… (thenowandthenotyet.blogspot.com)
- Ethnographic Fiction – a lesson from Haruki Murakami (decipheringculture.com)
- Truth in Fiction (escapistmagazine.com)
- Writing Flash Fiction Makes You A Better Writer (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
- Harry Potter fan fiction, tell me your horror stories. (lemoncity.wordpress.com)