Mar 30 2012

my scene editing flow chart

Is this scene good enough?
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The scene stays!

YES

If you, the writer, personally had to pay an exorbitant amount of money to keep the scene, would you?

NO

Can you cut the scene?

YES

Delete!

NO


There are already obstructions.

YES

Time to fix it!
Are there obstructions in the scene which make it interesting?

NO

Add obstructions. Characters thrive on growing by overcoming.
Is the scene worthy yet?

YES

The scene is fixed and now it stays!
NO


The scene already reveals character information.

YES

Does the scene enrich the reader’s view of a character?

NO

Try to add more depth to a character in the scene. How does he feel about what is going on? What is she craving? Do their outfits blend in or stick out?
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO


Readers will learn something from this scene.

YES

Is necessary information provided by the scene?

NO

Give the reader a chance to find out something useful!
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO


The scene has elements which propel the plot forward.

YES

Does the scene more the plot forward?

NO

Think about your plot. Find a way for this scene to help the story move the from the “Once Upon a Time” to the “The End.”
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO


It has done what it was intended to do.

YES

Has the scene met the goal you aimed for it to achieve?

NO

Decided why you wrote the scene. Give it a goal. Force it to meet that goal.
Is the scene worthy now?

YES

NO

Delete it. You did all that you could.

Touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound each have a place in this scene. It still is not good enough.

YES

Are there sensory details to draw the reader in?

NO

Add some! If that still does not make the scene worthy, it has to be cut. If this finally fixed the scene, you get to keep it!

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