I think one of the most important things a novelist learns over time is to try to get each scene to work on a number of levels. I was reminded of this reading an excellent blog post: “The Art of Revising: Micro Revision.”
Ideally, each scene should perform a variety of functions. Shoot for three:
move plot forward
reveal backstory (in tiny bits and pieces)
foreshadow upcoming events
raise dramatic questions
This is an excellent list to keep on hand during revision.
Not that I will be revising for some time. I’m devoting all my time now to rereading the Josephine B. Trilogy in preparation for a documentary interview in France. I leave in ten days. Intense!
By way of this and that, I found this silent film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Three Weddings and a Fringe made by a class in Toronto charming:
It’s a contestant for the 90-second Newbery Film Festival. (Here’s hoping!)
Now: back to Josephine …