One simple step can save your next scene.
Even with the loosest of plot outlines, authors usually have an idea of the next thing that can happen. But there are always options. Refer to the action or insight in a narrative bridge? Bring it on stage by itself? Tuck the information bit by bit into several scenes?
“Forward the plot” is the usual scene advice. But even following that criteria it’s easy to write tepid, low-interest scenes. So how do we sort out the on-target and meaningful next sequence?
Let your intuition help
Here’s a quick way to help you open the right door into the next scene: Give it a title.
It doesn’t need to be catchy or meaningful to anyone else. But to you, it reflects the dramatic essence of this sequence. Examples from my work in progress:
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