Big scenes, little scenes
Looking at the way a novel is structured, not all scenes are equal. Some scenes pretty much define the novel. Try describing your favourite novel to someone and most likely you will be describing it in terms of the big scenes, the ones that really count; the underpinning structure of the novel.
If you go on to discuss a novel with someone and it is a novel you both like and know pretty well, before long you will be describing your favourite little scenes, the ones that make you smile, the ones where you say “and do you remember …”. To my mind it is the little scenes that can really set a book apart; when they are simply delicious.
Well, this week I’ve been tackling a couple of the little scenes. Looking at what I had written already, I became aware that I was glossing over the previous little scenes, eager to get to the next big one. Fair enough, it is a first draft. This week though I decided to go a little slower, finding just the right turn of phrase. You know what – its fun! I have really enjoyed myself and the bonus is that on the second draft there should be less to edit.
So, how do you tackle your little scenes? Rush or relish?