My current WIP is a supernatural murder mystery, which of course revolves around solving the murder. There is a lot of dialogue in which characters discuss the state of affairs, ask questions, and offer answers. The trick here is me knowing what information my characters have to either elicit, or give up, and then string it all together in a pleasing fashion. In my first drafts, I often find a lot of repetition, ie, someone saying the same thing in a different way, or places where the dialogue doesn't move naturally to the next idea.
The same thing happens with events. I know certain things need to happen in a particular chapter. Inspector Beck has to go here or there to find evidence and question people. But between those events I need some sort of transitional phrase to let the reader know Beck has left City Hall and is now going over the Tip Top Cab Company for example. Sure, I can just say Beck left City Hall and went over to the cab company, but how did he get there? Fly? Walk? Take a bus? Why is he going there? If I haven't already said so I'll need to explain, and if any length of time passes between one event and the next, I'll have to somehow show that as well.
So. That's what's giving me pause right now, and making me think how to get better. Do you have trouble with transitions? Got any secrets for tackling them?
You can also find me over at Unicorn Bell this week talking about one of my favorite grammar books, Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale. Have a fabulous week.
ps The Blackbirds have come back :)