I write almost exclusively in first-person (I suspect this fact may be relevant) and would like to know if anyone else struggles with this to the extent I do. I'm convinced it's the reason I've never finished a novel and is more often than not the moment when I begin to lose interest in the story and give up. I'm talking, as my thread title suggests, about linking key scenes. How is this done while still keeping the readers' interest? For me, it seems so unnatural to have my characters go straight from one key event to the next that I just can't do it. I like to write believable stuff and constantly find myself wanting to take my foot off the gas pedal (as opposed to the common advice of 'keep it on') because to me that's more like real life. And I know that's possibly where my problem lies (wasn't it Hitchcock who was said 'A novel is like life with all the boring bits taken out'), but even if this is good advice why then do I never get the sense that the novels I read are doing this? When I read a (good) novel, the pacing, flow and turn of events all seem natural, and yet I can't see what they're doing to achieve this. What is the definition of good bridging? What should it do? And how is it done?