I struggle sometimes with time lapses, even short ones. For example, in my current WIP, the hero and heroine are both working at the same college. I don’t want all the ‘significant’ scenes and events to happen within a matter of days, but at the same time I certainly don’t want to use the ‘two weeks later’ phrase.
If one of them was going away during that two-week period, a one-sentence ‘filler’ would be sufficient, but in this story they’re likely to see each other every day. I feel I have to fill in at least something about those two weeks, but without it seeming like a filler!
Sometimes I can drop a hint about a future event e.g. an Open Day at the college or a visit to the theatre, in which case the ‘jump’ to that event is fairly easy to manage. However, if the new ‘significant event’ is going to be unexpected and I don’t want it to happen immediately, I’m not always sure how to make the jump to the event. In the end, I usually manage it okay, but it’s something I don’t find easy. So any handy hints on how to get over this particular bête-noire of mine gratefully received!