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Another post from the past – this time looking at how to take your characters from one place to another, and to take the reader along too.
Transitions are used to:
- Change time
- Change location
- Change character viewpoint
- To skip unimportant time periods or events
One issue I’ve seen with many writers is that they put too much detail in these transitions, showing how a character gets from one place to another – getting into their car, driving home, parking, walking up the stairs to their apartment, just like this scene from the infamous B-movie Birdemic:
The reader doesn’t need to know that. They just want to get on with the story, on to what happens next.
So how do you use transitions skilfully?
- Start a new chapter – this easily lets your reader know the narrative has moved on
- If you’re changing scene/time/viewpoint within a chapter use…
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