Confession: I love writing funny scenes. The funnier, the better. And more often than not, they end up being my favorite scenes in my WIPs, as well as in published books.
We all have our favorite scenes to read/write. Personally, I think this is super healthy. You either discover (and exploit) your strengths when writing, or buy books in the genre you enjoy the most.
But not every scene you love is worth keeping.
You see, I believe there are two types of stories out there. They are:
1) The story you want
2) The story you need
#1 is easiest to spot. At the drafting stage, here's what this story will look like for me:
1) Witty banter
(or an overload of sarcasm) (or both)
2) Lots of awkward internalization
(Example: "I am a shy person. Parties make me anxious. Therefore, I stay home every Friday night and play Scrabble with my cat. It makes me very happy. Parties? Not so much. Because I am a shy person.")
3) Fast-paced action sequences
(with lots of blood) (yes, I'm that girl...)
4) Zero backstory
Guess what? 99.9% of all that goes kaput during revisions.
But they pave the way for Story #2, which should include three primordial things:
1) Your MC's goal
2) Your MC's conflict
3) How your MC resolves that conflict
To me, any scene is better when those three things are present. If your MC's goal is to defeat her nemesis, I'm pretty sure she won't do it with witty banter. Anything you find yourself loving to the point of obsession, cut it. You don't need something cute or witty or funny for the sake of something cute or witty or funny. You need something that makes sense for your story.
And trust me, you'll end up loving the scene even more when it makes sense for the story.
Now tell me, blogging buddies: which scenes do you love writing/reading the most??