For nearly a week now I’ve been struggling to write that one scene in the library, you know, the one where our heroes learn some important clue or something similar about the town’s history. I just haven’t been in the right from of mind for it, even though I always write with a pretty well-detailed outline with plenty of notes. It hit me last night why I was putting off writing this scene.
So that’s why I’ve had a realization – if a scene is boring to you as the writer, it will be just as boring to the readers. Whether it’s the action and/or the characters involved, boring is boring, to readers and writers alike. That there being the case, on account of that each scene has to be more than just “I wrote this ’cause it has to happen to move the story along.” So, how am I going to spice that scene up, to make it stand up on its own, and be interesting?
Add a FUN sub-plot to each scene.
Nothing fancy, nothing major. But there should be something mildly interesting and/or amusing going on, maybe in the background, that starts in the beginning of all or at least most scenes and gets resolved by the scene’s end. Now, what that sub-plot’s going to be, I haven’t figured out yet, but that’s today’s job, well that and lunch with the family, which I’m about to be late for as I write this blog. Gotta run!