I have decided I officially suck at transitions. Anne Mok, one of my clarion classmates, had a real touch for them, those throwaway sentences which move the characters from the car to the bar without sounding clunky or crowded with unnecessary detail. Sadly, the only stuff of hers online (that I know of) is at AntiSF, which would only be 500 words and so probably not many opportunities for transitions. You'll just have to take my word for it.
I don't tend to think in complete scenes so much as in fragments (hello scattershot draft!), and over the years I've indulged a very bad habit: need a transition? A scene break will do. Eep. Today, in editing a story, I realised I'd gotten so desperate for a transition I had actually knocked one of my characters unconscious. Okay, so yes, it's a logical thing to happen in the story, but that probably has more to do with luck than good planning 😉
I have a theory (which is possibly more wishful thinking), that by the time I notice I'm not doing something right, it means I've been working on it in the backbrain for a little while. The backbrain is coy, and likes to try and perfect skills without my being aware it's doing anything more than concentrating on suggesting up cravings. Let's hope the theory's right, and I'm halfway to figuring out the way I want to perfect this tricksy tricksy issue.
In the meantime, what do you do for transitions? Does it come naturally, or was there a time you thought it through, and watched (read) what others did? Do you cheat the way I like to, and fade to black? Are you one of the lucky writers who thinks in complete scenes?