A little while ago, I read an article about candy bar scenes. You can see it here, and if you're a writer, you should definitely read it.
For the busy or uninquisitive, the gist of it is: every scene should be a candy bar scene.
No filler. No boring scenes. None. Every scene should be awesome.
Does it sound like an unreasonable challenge? Sure. So of course, now I have to do it.
That is my new challenge to myself. During the edit of Heroic Lies, I plan to make every scene into a candy bar scene. In every book I write in the future, everything will be candy bars.
Because let's face it, once you've got over a decade of experience in something like writing, there's really no reason not to accept a challenge that helps you to take your craft to the next level.
Speaking of challenges, I recently took one on in a different area of my art: music videos. I heard a beautiful song called "Wanderer's Lullaby", and it was so wonderful that I had to make a video of it... but which character to make it for?
I weighed several options, but in the end, I decided to focus the video on two characters: a badass sci-fi antagonist whom you wouldn't tend to associate with lullabies, and a one-shot character who only gets three brief scenes in the entire series. Not much footage to work with.
What can I say? Improbable but fitting song/character matches, and characters whose viewpoints tend not to be explored, are an interesting challenge, and one I'm happy to accept.