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 #26
26: When you finish your book, pinpoint the weakest scene. Cut it. If necessary, replace it with a sentence or paragraph.
I have contradicting views on this. If I was reading this with my first novel (that I pantsed) in my hands, I’d say “yes”… and to probably more than one scene. However, now that I am outlining and clearly plotting my novels, I’m not so sure this is true.
I’d agree to cut it is it has no conflict, or does not draw the story forward. That’s a given.
My fear is that if everyone follows this rule, they will take out important scenes, and replace them with three sentences of summary… which is a form of tell.
I’m going to put my foot down and NOT agree with this one.
What do you think?
- Recapturing the Joy of Writing (gwenstephens.wordpress.com)