A friend of mine who is a talented writer was complaining to me yesterday about the difficulties of scene transitions. She is struggling to determine what she should and should not include in the current in progress draft of her novel. I feel her pain, but also know plenty of experienced writers have trouble in the same department.
The long and short of it is: in the case of most novels, you can’t detail out every waking second.
I once read somewhere that in many movies, the camera is idle on a subject or angle for only about three seconds at a time in order to hold the audience’s attention.
In fact, many filming tips may be relevant to writing; on this website, the teacher instructs film editing students to:
Cut away from the scene the moment the visual statement is made.
People are super shitty at paying attention…
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