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June 21st, 2005, 09:27 PM
What does everyone here do for transitions in their works?
If I am staying with one character and transitioning throughout a series of events it just comes naturally, but what kind of options are there for transitioning between different characters, or to signify a passing of time (without saying time passed).

June 21st, 2005, 09:44 PM
To show time's passed, I use scene shifts, the chiming of clocks, lighting lamps, a discrete knock on the door, sunrise/sunset, the chirping of birds...

or the old standby - waking up, checking watch/clock, scream, frantic dressing (including someone falling down at least once) and running out of the door in almost a blind panic, with or without something jammed in the mouth as they rush for the bus/car.

I try to save POV changes for chapters.

June 22nd, 2005, 01:31 AM
In a short story I put an extra space in the break, and start with a new paragraph (most of the time). Then you start building your new scene in the new paragraph.