Is There One or Should You Cut It?
I’ve often read the advice that a novelist should be able to summarize their novel in one to two sentences. This made me start thinking about scenes and chapters.
I asked myself if I knew the point of a scene, and if I didn’t should I cut – yes the dreaded word cut – the scene from the novel? It’s easy to get attached to a scene for many reasons but if there is no point, then I ask you what is the point? J
I challenged myself to go through my latest novel and write one sentence describing the point of the scene.
Taking this one level deeper, and adding a new column to my spreadsheet, I tried to reduce the sentence to one word that described the scene.
This did a couple of things for me.
- It showed me what to cut. Ouch.
- I helped me organize my chapters into a theme.
The second item was a surprise and created a new way for me to look at organizing chapters.
How do you decide it a scene is needed or not?
Thanks for reading . . .