When you perform a story edit, you’ll be evaluating every scene. And to evaluate every scene, you must be able to determine what the scene is about.
Story Editing is your most comprehensive edit. It’s also called content, developmental, substantive, or structural editing. Story Editing is the primary structural review of a manuscript and the story being told.
Story Editing is your big-picture approach to preparing a writer for publishing. It’s the first structural revision. After a story edit, a writer reworks characters, plot, and settings to ensure the story line and narrative flow smoothly while every scene contributes to the story’s purpose.
Helping the Writer See
Naming each scene helps you, the editor, perform a better story edit, and it helps the writer understand how you interpreted each each.
The writer will see what you thought the scene was about. They know what they meant the scene is about, but what if they gave a different impression.
Purpose of a Scene
If the client has an issue with too many scenes that don’t appear to have a purpose, naming scenes is a good way to help them figure out the purpose of each scene. If you can’t name a scene, it may mean the scene should be broken into more than one scene because there is too much going on for one scene.
The scene name should represent the main theme or main action of the scene. It should be something you can read and immediately know what happens in the scene. If the chapter structure is not the best to move the story forward, the scene names give you insight into the theme of the chapter .
The goal: Name each scene using three words or fewer.
Naming the scene will create an outline you can reference as you edit. A list of scene names is also helpful when you’re evaluating the structure of the novel. You can scan the list and analyze if the scenes appear in the best order to create suspense. You’ll use the outline to see if the inciting incident, plot point 1, midpoint, plot point 2, and climax are in the right place.
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