Hey, Still with Me? Poking Dead Scenes With a Stick, Part One revision, cutting scenes, editing, deleting scenes – by Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

Revisions aren’t for weaklings. They’re hard, they take commitment, and sometimes you have to make the tough call and decide the fate of a scene that isn’t pulling its weight. 

I’ve been deep in a revision for a few months now, looking at each scene with a critical eye. Is it advancing the plot or story? Is it serving the story in any way? Is it a scene that should stay, or do I need to kill it?

I’ve been lucky so far, and most of the scenes are indeed doing their jobs, but I have had to kill a few that weren’t. It’s always hard, because there’s usually something in that scene I liked, otherwise it never would have made it this far.

But cutting dead scenes from a manuscript improves the novel as a whole. It’s just not always easy to know if we should.

To be clear, I’m talking about problem scenes, not scenes you know are working.

Let’s look at ways to tell if a problem scene has gotta go:

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