I'm working on a project that I anticipate will be 25-30K when complete. The story spans the life of the protagonist, from birth until death. There are three events that are most significant: 1) the death of someone close to her when she is young; 2) how she deals with the death, and the consequences of the mistakes she makes in doing so, which hurt those around her and cast a shadow over her adult life; and 3) her finally being able to come to terms with the death right around the time of her own passing. Those three events I can dramatize fairly well. Part I is done and I'm happy with how it turned out. There is, however, a span of time covered in each of the parts, as well as between the three parts of the story. The question is this: for time periods that span the course of her life between the events I want to dramatize, would you, as a reader, prefer some sort of narrative summary to transition from one period to the next, or would you simply end one scene where it ends and then start the next one without much transition, no matter how much time has passed? With short stories, I generally do the latter. But in this case, with a longer work, I have the luxury of spending more time in a narrative summary of certain years if it makes sense to do so.