Writing A Novelization
(Laguna Beach, CA USA)
Question: I'm about two thirds of the way through a novelization. As in most films, there are transition scenes where time passes and events have taken place in a character's life that is implied and not necessarily depicted in any scene. I am of the firm belief that showing and not telling is important in my writing, but I'm unsure how you describe a gap of a year or two that has passed in a film. My question is, is it acceptable to write an interlude describing what takes place in a character(s) life where you merely relate what happened over a period of time, without actually showing them go through the changes that they experienced? Thank you for your time and consideration. Answer:
You have to decide which events are important to the various story arcs and need to be shown as scenes and which are only useful as transitions and can be told through narrative summary.
Both scene and summary have their uses.
Scenes create emotional impact by putting the reader in the shoes of the character and letting them experience the events as they happen.
Summary provides the background material needed to appreciate the next important scene, without bogging the reader down with events that are less relevant to the story arc.