Sometimes a scene doesn't do much of anything. Have you noticed? It doesn't provide any additional information about a character; it doesn't propel the story forward; it feels like filler.
How do you react when you read one of those scenes?
- Do you even realize it at the time, or do you wonder later why that scene was in the story?
- Is it irrelevant to you?
- Are you mildly disgruntled?
- Are you over the top ticked-off and feel cheated?
I'm working on a scene now for my new book that I really want in the story. It does show some additional characterization but I think it needs to also do something for the plot.
I've decided to give myself a day, two at the most, to see if I can dream up something that would work. If I can't, my single-mother detective isn't going to meet up with the new guy in town who's a volunteer firefighter as well as a professor at the local college.
It's all better with friends.