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How to Write Scene Changes: Part 1

There's multiple ways to transition to a new scene in your book. It's ultimately going to come down to what you feel would work for that particular scene and what would work with your writing style. This 4-part series will cover different ways to tackle scene changes.

And just to be clear, this is not about WHEN to transition or WHERE to change scenes. This is to cover the different options you can use to write a transition of scenes.

The Cut:

You end one paragraph, and then immediately jump to the next scene. Some people will add a symbol in between paragraph sections to further show it's a scene change, but this is optional.

Here's an example:

Rose set the tray of food in the oven and quickly set the timer. She ran a shaky hand through her hair. There was still so much to do.


Michael looked himself over in the mirror for the third time. He wasn't quite sure about his tie. Maybe the blue one would look better with this suit, he thought...


This is likely the most common and easiest way to handle a scene change. You just have to be sure you don't overuse cutting from scene to scene, or it can be a bit jarring to the reader. Use it when it's appropriately needed and keep the story smooth and clear.

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