This is the thing. A helluva lot of drafts – novels or screenplays – have chapters, scenes or even just plot beats that go on FAR TOO LONG. Yet the notion of a *perfect* story keeps us wanting more.
Asking ourselves as writers what we want the reader or viewer to get OUT of the individual scene, plus HOW it relates to the overall narrative, helps us stay on track and ensure we can cut the flab from our structure.
Keywords: ON POINT.