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When Not to Extend a Scene
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer and I got into a fascinating discussion about when not to extend a scene, based on Part 3 of her story "Clearing the Air."  Scroll down to our comments and you'll see us picking apart why we both agree that Tran's part is finished, even though both of us have a tendency to extend scenes or revisit bit characters. I'm very gratified that we managed to pin it down.  This is a crucial thing to understand for writing complex storylines that may have multiple parts.  

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matrixmann From: matrixmann Date: October 23rd, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it's not time to extend a scene when there's the impression it would water the message down.
Humans like to talk a lot, but often it takes the brisance out of the words that have been spoken. Not to say it's alright to let a situation escalate, but better let a subject remain as it is. Development is coming ahead. This goes for talking as well as for writing.
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