When, How, and Why to Cut from Scene to Scene
Importance of Scene Disasters
Are you personally a peace maker? Do you try to smooth out conflict among your friends? Are you in trouble when you try to write fiction!
Scenes must end in disaster, at least a majority of the time. Fiction is about conflict and that means that scenes should end with conflict and tension. The situation just got worse for the main character.
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I’m emphasizing this point by giving it a post of its own, it’s that important. Too many authors begin first drafts loving their characters so much that nothing bad happens.
Something must change by the end of a scene:
- New information comes to light and we suspect it’s important information.
- Someone’s feelings/emotions change for the worse.
- A character fails to obtain something.
- Partial success, but it only brings discouragement; the cup feels half empty, not half full.
Make sure that every single scene has conflict and ends with something worse than before.
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