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Monday, September 2, 2013


The job of a transition, in fiction, is to smoothly move stories along in time, location or point-of-view.

Fiction, especially long fiction, requires a time change. You don't have to bring-along five hundred words before a new day, time. Unless, your story can't be told without lots of words.

Take a look at my example.

I was awakened out of a sound sleep by someone shaking, knocking, at my door.

"Who...who is it?"

No one answered.

I reached for my cell phone, but it was dead.

"Who is it?" I asked, again.

No response.

I jumped into jeans, sleeveless top, and pink flip-flops. In case, I had to run. I plugged my phone into the charger, laid on the bed. Sleep refused to visit me.

Time Change

Night began to melt into day. I rushed to the door. A man was face-down on my porch.

I quickly closed the door, not sure what was going on. The police had to be called. Upstairs, I dashed. My cell phone still wouldn't work.

Downstairs, I returned. I cracked the door, and the man had disappeared.,I slammed the door shut.

I had to get to my cousin's house, help a few minutes away.

I locked the door, ran.

Location Change

At her house, I explained what happened.

View-Point Change

Deadman on ya're porch?" Louise looked at me with furrowed brows.

Louise was pencil thin with a man's crew-cut. She stared at me, shook her head.

"What now?" Louise sat down in her L-shaped kitchen.

In conclusion, transitions can make the writer's job easier, and entertain readers.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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