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How to Write Scene Changes: Part 2

Here is part 2 of 4 when it comes to writing scene changes. Reminder, 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 Pan: This style is similar to a camera pan that you see in movies. Words like 'meanwhile,' 'while,' 'on the other side of,' etc. are common ways to help pan from scene to scene. Doing a 'Pan' also demonstrates not a large shift in time, or rather, another way to shift narrators.

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. On the other side of the room, Lisa glanced up at her. She had been watching her fret with the food all afternoon, silent the entire time... ----- This is also a way for your narrator to come in with their voice more prominently. It's an easy way to transition from scene to scene, and it allows for more scene direction without becoming jarring to the reader.



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