>It’s amazing how reworking one scene can completely change the feel of it, and the characters reactions become more personal and intense.
In the first draft, there are two court scenes; one is the crucial scene where Nightblade learns that her former fiance is involved in an assassination attempt. The second is in her fiance’s court, where a serial murderer is brought to justice, and is discovered to be a minion of the main villain.
Well, I decided that one court scene was quite enough. A second was boring. So, I decided to make the action more immediate. Instead of the trial after the arrest, I moved things back to when he is captured, and the body is still fresh. This makes Nightblade’s violent reaction make more sense, and the ensuing action scene isn’t a rehash of the first court action scene. Instead of an open court, like before, it takes place in a cramped jail. More opportunity for character injury.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is take a step back, and ask yourself what this particular scene really adds. I’ve probably a lost a good 10,000 words in the first round of edit, but the story is much stronger for it.