This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?
I’m going to answer: how did I decide to write a scene or not
When I started writing, I discovered yWriter5, a free desktop app, for—you guessed it—writers. It was all new to me and the app taught me about scene-sequel method through headings, etc. Another golden tidbit was the option to exclude a scene.
I didn’t think anything of it way back when.
But this month’s question got me thinking. Do all scenes have to be included, and if a writer leaves them out, is it always because they are unnecessary?
Picture this, a breakup scene in the middle of a restaurant. None of the story’s cast was there. But someone was, and spread a fair share of it with a few friends. Who told a few more friends and so on…
What if a cast member is tapped into the local grapevine and shares what they learn with the rest of the main characters. That kind of gossip could create chaos.
Not all scenes are meant to be included. Some good ones can fuel the characters from off-stage and lead the cast down blind alleys, fuel emotion, and basically mess with their minds.
Now, I call that fun.
My Question to You
Ever do this? How do you mess with your characters?
For those not sure if they should delete a scene, here are some links that may help: