Let me first talk about cases of episodic writing and get that part out of the way.
Cheryl Wyatt, on her blog had a great post talking about a definition of episodic writing. This definition, came from Melissa Endlich of Harlequin. Cheryl writes: She said (paraphrasing) episodic writing is when one scene happens then another and another and so on but there is really no point to the scenes. They end up trumping the overall story arc but do nothing to move the plot forward. I love this definition on several levels. The first is that it really does highlight the true essence of episodic writing, especially the phrase "one scene happens then another and another." I always see this as many of those TV series we watch. In these cases, there are many that we really don't need to see the shows in order because each of the episodes is 100% self-contained and there is no connection, other than the characters or the setting that ties everything together.
But this definition really blends into the idea of creating fluency in your writing. It is here where I want to connect with the phrase "but there is reallyy no point to the scenes." It is this part that we have to work with to create that sense of fluency between your scenes and the chapters.
If you think of each of your scenes as building blocks for the story arc, you will start to grasp this idea. Although the story arc is a continuous line that is constantly moving, each of the scenes are simply steps and benchmarks that the chararacters have to go through to get to that final conclusion. We can only move to the next step once the task in the prior part of the story is wrapped up.
Bronwyn Scott, one of the Greyhaus authors does just this when she drafts out where each of her stories are going to. She may not have the scene and the action figured out, but she does establish for herself what "has to happen" in this scene. We were working with a story just recently and she noted that "I know in Chapter 14 the hero has to finally see the heroine as something much more important in his life." That is the goal of the chapter and what Melissa was referring to in her definition.
To create the fluency now, let me tap into something I talk about when working with academic writing. If we think of transitions as a formula, I think you can see what I mean.