Did you know each scene should advance your plot?
I recently read a new author, Randy Singer, and was completely hooked into his story. It wasn't until I was halfway through that I realized I should study his writing to see why it worked so well.
It didn't take me long to see that each of his scenes had more than one purpose.
1. Each scene showed a new facet of character (not always for the same person) that added to the plot's unwinding
2. Each scene revealed knowledge (plot point) that forced the characters to make a choice
3. Each scene upped the stakes so that I wondered how the characters could possibly survive with the choices they were making.
I'm sure his scenes had even more literary tidbits, but these stood out to me. The important thing to know is that this was a seamless process. The scenes didn't jump out at me and scream, "This is my purpose".
Rather, later scenes revealed the purpose of earlier scenes.
Do your scenes advance the plot? How many "purposes" do you give each scene?
There's a great article HERE by bestselling author Vicki Hinze.