For the past several months, I've struggled with the beginning of my third draft. There is tension between the need to introduce the protagonist in her element, with her core traits revealed to the reader, and the need to introduce the setting and plot she will encounter.
In my latest draft (currently 15.5k words), I've been marking scenes as being Type 1 or Type 2. I think I'm wasting my damn time.
How long should a scene be? The short answer to that question, of course, is that I don't know. For most of my 'career' (? ...whatever) as a writer, I have used one "