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Stuck between story beats

David Gane
David Gane
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Sometimes I'll get stuck between story beats. I'll have to get from one scene to another, one room to another, or make a transition. Or, I'll be at the beat and won't know how to enter.

After struggling a bit, I usually walk to think out the problem. 99 times out of 100, the answer will be the same: don't write the beat.

Skip it. Ignore it. Don't make it a scene or a beat.

Usually, the trouble with the moment is that it isn't interesting. It's an in-between moment that does move the story forward and has no hook or purpose. If I cut it from the story, nothing is lost, and momentum is gained.

When you find yourself in a similar situation, ask yourself: does it need to be there? What would happen if you cut it? There's a good chance it doesn't need to be there, and your story (and readers) will thank you.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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