By: Pat Verducci
You know that feeling… You’re staring at a bloated, overlong, rambling scene that has no structure and seems to
out into infinity. People talk and talk,
blah, blah, blah…. spool nothing happens. You grab your red pencil or place your
fingers on the keys, determined to trim the scene down, find its purpose. yet
You are stumped.
This week Donna reflects all our scene writing pain when she asks, “I tend to have long scenes. Is there a process that touches on where and when and how often to switch scenes? I’m learning, but am always open to new lessons.”
The question of switching scenes is really about learning to get to the heart of the scene and out of it as quickly as possible. Your various scene lengths will be dictated by the story you’re writing. Whether you’re working on a novel, memoir, or screenplay, you’re going to want to create rhythm and pacing in your story, and this will be dictated by the length and content and varying textures of your scenes.
Unfortunately, there’s no “set” answer to Donna’s question, but here are some things to think about as you edit your scenes…
1) How does this scene move the story forward?
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