Scene in Westphalia with Castle of Bentheim,
Jacob van Ruisdael,
oil on canvas, after 1650.
I tend to think of them as bridge scenes, even when I'm slogging through the current up to my knees, trying to ford the muddy waters between one major WIP event and the next.
These scenes connecting major plot events have many uses. They may give the reader a chance to catch their breath, absorb implications. They follow logically.
Often, these scenes are used to fill in small practical details about the situation and the time line. Used like bookmarks, they may be boring.
Though they give the appearance of hiatus by their slower pace, transitional scenes should not be mere static regurgitations.
Plot develops partly on a character's reactions to past events and his anticipation of future developments.
The ever acute Steve Malley, in a January 8 post, describes linkage scenes as sequels, and outlines such scenes in terms of their psychological pattern -- feeling> thought>options>decision.
Think of it in terms of omygod>thatseriouslysucks>whatodo>yes!
He says it much better than I, with examples.
BTW, I am happy to report that today we will have 15 more minutes of light than we did in the sun-dark days.