As Lincoln Michel recently pointed out in an excellent post, one of the great and magical capabilities of prose is to be able to speed up and slow down time. Years can pass in a flash, or you can dwell for pages on something that happens faster than the blink of an eye.
Physical space works similarly. We can start in one place and then quickly move millions of miles away.
Still, as you utilize this wonderful capability, it’s crucial to provide good connective tissue for your jumps in time and space. It’s really disorienting for the reader when a character sudden arrives somewhere else or when a new character suddenly pops in out of nowhere.
Here are some tips in making these jumps.