While walking through Costco this last weekend my son was gathering samples. He always wants to try one of everything but often won't eat them once he's gotten one he likes better. So when our cart gets to the point where I can no longer load items in without spilling one of the samples, I begin chucking them in the trash when he's not looking. Unfortunately, this last time I got caught throwing away a small cup of drinkable yogurt. Immediately my ears were met with cries of sadness and disappointement.
"My yogurt mommy!! I need my yogurt! That's not yours! You can't throw it away! Go get my yogurt!"
You get the picture. I tried to tell him that there was Gogurt in the cart and that he could have one once we got out to the car because it was yogurt too, but he was having none of it. He just drew his little eyebrows down in the middle and looked at me very seriously and said, "That's not the point!"
This made me think about my writing (of course, everything does). Sometimes when I'm rereading a scene or conversation I realize my characters are saying alot, but it's really not taking them anywhere. I have to ask myself, what's the point of this scene or conversation? I'm much better now about making sure that each section, each conversation is moving the story forward. I know some conversations and scenes build your characters, but I think for the most part you can do character building while simultaneously moving ahead with your plot.