Cutting a Scene

Minor cuts in a scene–taking out adjectives and adverbs, getting rid of unnecessary clauses, lopping off some “said”s–can just be done on a read through. But if I need to really hack a scene down, I have to do the scene level process of scene sequences: I have to break the scene down into beats.

So here are the beats of the first scene of Nita before the newest cuts (Nita vs. Button, 2649 words).

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