6 Ways to do Scene Jumps

In movies, scene switch is relatively easy because it’s visual. You don’t have to show any transition if at all between scenes so it’s not strange for someone to be doing one action and then suddenly another.

Sometimes, that style doesn’t always translate to writing. This is something I’ve noticed when editing my own stuff and had to do scene jumps. There are six different things you can do.

1. Give a border. I use *** and center it. Some people use other things.

2. Give a space. Instead of using a border, some people just put a space.

3. Give a time indication. Example, “About an hour later,” “Five minutes later,” “The next day,” “Two years later,” for example, depending on how much time went by.

4. Change the location to indicate time passed. “After returning home,” “Back at the base,” or “Back in my room,” for example.

5. Indicate the task in the previous paragraph finished. “After I finished getting my hair cut,” “After the muffins were ready,” “Finishing my homework at last,” “When the TV show ended,” for example.

6. Go into detail about the scene instead of skipping it. Expand that scene so that time-wise it flows more naturally with the rest of the story.

Keep in mind, not all of these will work for every scene and sometimes you might just need a chapter break. These are just some methods I have used or seen.

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