- Its purpose has already been covered earlier in the book.
- All the characters are in accordance with one another.
- The scene is contrived or feels stilted.
- Nothing is actually happening.
- The scene does not present further questions or deepen the mystery for the reader.
- It merely serves as ‘purple prose,’ wordy passages that would look more at home in a poetry book.
- The scene does not up the ante in that achieving a hero’s goal has not been made more difficult, or the mystery seems more unsolvable.
- The scene contains inane chit-chat.
- Insufficient tension or at least conflict within.
- Look out for issues regarding length of scenes. If there is a string of short scenes one following the other, consider inserting a longer scene within. Vary the length of scenes within the novel.
An irrelevant scene that describes a few days passing may consist of a few sentences. Draw out the climaxes, abridge less crucial scenes. Such abridgements give the reader a psychological breather before the next climax. This is known as ‘pace.’
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