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How to Write Scene Changes: Part 3

Here is part 3 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 Cue Word: This style is similar to movie scenes where they zoom in on a seemingly random object, followed by a zooming out into a different scene. It eases the transition by establishing connections between the two scenes.


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. She set the timer on the counter top...


Jeremy stared at the timer. He needed to get up and head off to the meeting, yet he remained rooted in place, watching the time tick down more and more...

----- In the scene above, the timer is the 'cue word.' It demonstrates in both scenes, and for both characters, both are 'running out of time.' Make sure that the object has a meaningful connection to the scene or the characters. It's not necessarily wrong to zoom in and out on random objects, but it doesn't add much to your story. It will feel too random and becoming jarring to your readers.


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