Homemade Bread Fit For Pigs – 5 Scene Edits You Can’t Afford To Miss

A funny story commands the stage of many a family gathering. The day my ________ (To remain nameless) made bread fit for pigs.

It all started like a typical day of bread making with a double batch for company later. Kneaded and lumped in a bowl to rise covered with plastic wrap, the task complete.

One hour later, two hours later, three hours later…the bread wouldn’t rise. The yeast never made it into the batch. The whole lot of doughy mess made a couple of pigs very happy.

A few things. First, I do not have any pigs at my house. Second, I don’t live on a farm.

Are your scenes fit for pigs? Here are a few vital ingredients you can’t afford to miss: 

1. The Scene Moves The Story Forward. If a scene does not move the story forward than it needs to be cut or combined with another.

2. The Character Has A Set Goal In The Scene. This is what the character wants to accomplish by the end of the scene, not just what you as an author want to accomplish.

3. Obstacles Get In The Way Of Your Character As They Try To Reach Their Goals. If there are no obstacles standing in your character’s way, then you will have no conflict in the scene.

4. The Character Has Something To Lose If They Don’t Reach Their Goals. These stakes are important to building the conflict in a meaningful way. Also, be sure to give a sense of the possibility that they could fail(A Tip I learned from My Book Therapy.)

5. The Reader Cares About What Is At Stake. If the reader cares about the character’s goal and cares about what’s at stake it will create tension.

Have you ever had a baking disaster, or a scene with missing ingredients? Share your story with us.


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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

8 thoughts on “Homemade Bread Fit For Pigs – 5 Scene Edits You Can’t Afford To Miss

  1. Pat Trainum says:

    Thank you for the scene have-to-have’s! Making sure these are in my scenes! Seems like I just discovered it makes it easier to write a scene if you have a goal. Duh

  2. I’m right there with Pat. In fact, she’s the one who first introduced our critique group to that concept. This is a fantastic checklist, Michelle. I’m going to add it to my arsenal. By the way, I am thoroughly enjoying your blog!

  3. dtopliff says:

    You are a master of unforgettable eye-catching titles.

  4. Thanks, Michelle!! I NEEDED this. :<)

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