Anonymous asked: How do I do time skips? Should I make the jump and continue on with the plot or should I mention or make reference to what has happen, and what the characters have done during the time skip? Do I just put two years later or is there some other way to make that transition?
Here are some examples:
End of Chapter Seven:
As I watched the colorful bursts of fireworks lighting up Times Square, I knew that 2011 was going to be a great year.
Beginning of Chapter Eight:
The rest of winter and most of spring passed by in a dizzying blur. It was hard to believe that graduation was fast approaching…
End of Chapter Eight:
I dropped off my rented cap and gown on my way to Sarah’s, and we piled into Sam’s car and headed for the mall. As we bonded over chicken nuggets and strawberry shakes, Sam took our picture and uploaded it to facebook.
“Best year ever,” she said, a contented smile on her face. I couldn’t have agreed more.
Beginning of Chapter Nine:
It’s hard to believe that day at the mall was almost two years ago. So much has changed that I hardly believe that was ever my life…
You can flip through books on your bookshelf to see how other authors have done it. Also, read this great article by editor Beth Hill which explains everything you need to know about scene transitions. 🙂