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How to Write Scene Changes: Part 4

Here is part 4 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 Fast-Forward: This is a way of skipping over anything that would be deemed unnecessary for the story. Any type of scene you feel is boring to read, you could edit it out and just add in a 'fast-forward' transition in its place. However, if there is an event or detail that is relevant to the plot, you can do a quick summarizing before 'fast-forwarding.' 

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.

Hours later, she realized she never heard the timer go off. She had been too engrossed in her Netflix show. Now, the food was burnt and not at all edible... 

----- Giving precise timings is optional. If it makes sense for your story, you can state exactly how much time has passed; otherwise, don't be too precise about it. Readers aren't watching your characters on the clock. Simply stating 'hours,' 'minutes,' or 'days,' have passed is enough to give a general timeline.

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