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Have you missed an important scene out of your story?


More writerly wisdom from Roz Morris in today’s re-blog :-)

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel missing pieceWe’ve probably all had a note in a critique that tells us we’ve failed to include an important scene. Eg – ‘We know these characters well and have seen their lives in close detail. When the cousins died in that boating accident, where was the funeral scene? What about the period where the family adjusts to the tragedy?’ (Indeed, that’s not just a missing scene; it’s an entire story thread.)

Sometimes this happens because, well, we were concentrating on a million other plot developments. We do a lot of dumb, impulsive things when we can’t see the wood for the trees. The omission only becomes apparent when we give the book to a reader who isn’t lost in the forest of book decisions. And the easiest remedy is:

Replace it with something less drastic
Well of course it is. Ask yourself: why did you include the event? Was it only…

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2 responses to “Have you missed an important scene out of your story?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Merci!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I am throwing the “Merci” right back atcha :-)

      Like

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