Jump-Cuts : A Style for Short Chapters and Point of View Shifts

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A Style for Short Chapters and Point of View and Setting Shifts


Pictured Left : One Night in the Hill Country

Thriller novella, set in Texas.

Immigrant and illegal children caught in a mad man’s plan to stop child abuse. Featuring former police officer Samantha (Sam) Lacroix.


Reviews: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68#customerReviews

Sample review:

By booklover on February 5, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This book felt really special to me, and I cannot even explain why. It kept demanding my attention, pulling my sleeve, and asking me to skip a couple of thing I was supposed to do (read and write) and just go ahead and start reading it. I admit I was a little uncertain about it, because I didn’t want to be disappointed, but let me tell you – it blew me away. I loved the characters and the story, but if there was one thing I’d have to emphasize, it would most certainly be structure and style. The short chapters create a special, intense pace, and the well-written, to-the-point language with beautiful metaphors and similes was precisely what I like in a book. It provides the reader with an immense reading pleasure of admiring words, enjoying the way they sound and the way they function together as an image created by the author.


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A Style for Short Chapters and Point of View and Setting Shifts


September 12, 2015

Categories : Bio Updates – Fiction



I wrote this post just over a year and had held it for a possible series.

With my new thriller in progress (Queen) series, plus some time to practice and learn more about using jump cuts, this seemed like a good time to post it.

I’d noted a short story, Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa, where I consciously worked at point of view transitions within a short story for the first time, and was very pleased with the result.

Since then I’ve worked hard developing the idea, including in my thriller above, One Night in the Hill Country, plus two Kindle World Shorts, An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning and An Unforeseen Afternoon.

Recently I’ve also come across some feedback that gels with a more variable approach to point of view and setting shifts I’ve found myself using while writing Queen. I’ll be posting about that in my current short series of articles about the process of creating Queen. Links to the first two posts are directly below.

Queen : New thriller in progress – deepening point of view, part 1

Queen : New thriller in progress – deepening point of view, part 2

Queen : New thriller in progress – Transitioning Multiple Point of Views and Settings


Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

(originally written September of last year)

My newest short story, “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is my first work where I consciously allowed myself to apply the concept of shorter chapters.

I like the concept of “chapters” vs segments, because they seem to be more complete pieces in themselves. I don’t think that’s a necessary definition, but just something that fits with my own perceptions, and thus works for me.

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is a short story, set in Austin Texas.


Links to Jump Cuts in Film and Fiction Writing

Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling: Coaching from Flogging the Quill Kindle Edition by Ray Rhamey


Writing Genre Fiction: A Guide to the Craft by H. Thomas Milhorn


A Writer’s Guide to Fiction by Elizabeth Lyon


What Jean Luc Godards Breathless Can Teach You About Editing


Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them


Queen : New thriller in progress – Transitioning Multiple Point of Views and Settings


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