I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #18
18: Give your characters clear goals. Always. Every scene. And provide obstacles to those goals. Always. Every scene. If the POV character in a scene does not have a goal, provide one or cut the scene. If there is no obstacle, add one or cut the scene.
I have talked about this with almost every beta partner I ever had. Why? Because my first few beta partners spoke to me about this, and when I started listening, things started coming together for me.
This is where we start having to ax out “Little Darlings” – those scenes where two characters have a nice conversation, but NOTHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
Make sure every scene has conflict, and if it doesn’t chop it out. If it is important to you, you can always post it as an “extra” on your website. [Smile]
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