This is another instalment in the Things I think about when I write series. I can’t recall where I read/heard this advice, but it goes something like this…
Whenever I write a scene, it needs to do one of two things: (1) Advance the plot or (2) Develop a character.
So after each scene I write, I ask myself whether it did either of those things. And if not, then what did I hope to achieve with that scene.
Of course, there might be other purposes. What do you ask your writing to do?