While revising my werewolf story (don’t worry, it’s not a sexy werewolf story), I realized a few paragraphs were dragging things down. They were meant to increase tension, carry the story forward, and give personal insights into a couple of the characters. As Jess says, every scene should have multiple functions, right? Well, these didn’t work, so I planned to delete them.
The paragraphs are struck through with heavy Xs
Later on in the same chapter, I realized these paragraphs would work. The main character is getting fed up, and adding these same paragraphs would get him to the point where he’s just had it.
What’s important is not to just copy and paste them into the other scene with mild adjustments to make the grammar work. It’s best to rewrite the paragraphs word-by-word while putting them in. Why? In that act of rewriting, the author may make changes to match the word rhythm of this other scene, or realize it’s necessary to tighten up parts of the writing, or explain some concept with more detail. You wouldn’t want some other guy to plop down paragraphs in your story, would you? In this case that other guy is you, and what you were doing in some other part of your story.