The Mind-Numbing Necessity of Transitional Scenes
Yep, they have to be done, but they’re my least favorite part of writing. I’ve been known to create whole novels without them then going back to put in all the little details of characters moving from point A to B and ignoring C all together. With ALEX, if I could have included a believable transportation device, Alex would have used it at every turn. So many exciting scenes lay ahead of him! But how to get him there without my readers banging their heads in boredom as he trudged across the street or town or whatever to reach that point was a problem. My solution? I threw obstacles in his path along the way until he begged me to just let him get there already. Now, whenever I’m faced with the blank page of a transitional scene, I try to think of a crazy wild thing to trip my characters up with and make the journey an adventure in itself.
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