Without transitions, your story will not flow smoothly.
Transitions are words and phrases that serve as bridges from one idea to the next, one sentence to the next, or one paragraph to the next. Three minutes later… After five hours… The next day… These phrases keep the reader from having to find his or her own way and possibly getting lost in the reading.
Transitions are the glue that holds your ideas together. They are very important, but too many transitions can cause as much confusion as too few.
You don’t necessarily need a transition between every idea or every sentence, but it is a good idea to use a transition between each paragraph. Transitions usually come near the beginning of a paragraph, however you should use a transition wherever it works best.
The eHow article on How to Write Transitions In Fiction offers some useful advice.
How do you deal with the passing of time in your stories?
(I found this post sitting unloved in my drafts. I can’t remember if I wrote it all, or quoted it from somewhere else. Oops!)