Filler scenes – What to do?

  • Filler scenes – What to do?

    Posted by Raphael_Fantasy_Writer on March 7, 2024 at 8:29 am

    In between two major scenes, it’s a good idea to put a minor scene that builds the tension, or in the least pushes the story forward.

    Here are some ideas of filler scenes you can use if you need a break from the main story line.

    – Time skip — the easiest one. You just start a new paragraph and continue with the main plot line.

    – Small talk — Listen carefully. Small talk is (for some reason) a big NoNo in writing. But if it reveals (critical) information about one or more characters, I don’t completely agree. As long as you don’t start ‘navel-gazing’ meaning, excessively remaining in a characters own thoughts and you reveal some parts of the plot, small talk can be a great filler scenes.

    – Spicy scenes — Great way to relieve tension, in real life or in writing. You can also combine this one with the previous and also reveal some parts of the plot line. Also, they are just fun to read as well as write.

    – Only in third person – foreshadowing. A short scene where you let the reader know what the antagonist is up to and what awaits the protagonist in the future.

    There are of course way more, but I feel these are some basic scene you can use and can come a long way with.

    Happy Writing!


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  • ElizabethWrites

    March 9, 2024 at 5:17 pm

    I’m curious why small talk is a no-no in writing. I use it in the novels I write, mainly for filler or plot driven clues, but I’m wondering if I need to go re-read through my latest manuscript to edit it out.

    • Raphael_Fantasy_Writer

      March 11, 2024 at 7:44 am

      Small talk is fine as long as it’s once and a while, you just need to be careful that it doesn’t get too boring and that you quickly resume with the action. Small talk usual doesn’t move the story forward, and the reader wants the story to flow and not stop. Just make sure it is short or it reveals some information about the plot, no need to edit all small talk out, as a small bit of it can be refreshing at times.

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