I know you are supposed to used Chapter breaks to cut between scenes, but I was wondering if you are supposed to use Chapter breaks when you reference a period of time elapsing within the same scene.
For example, should there be chapter breaks (indicated by the three stars) in the following examples:
“That’s it. Keep a firm hold.”
Fifteen minutes go by in a flash.
* * *
“Thank you for your help, sir."
"You're most welcome."
"Let's have a cup of tea before I leave."
* * *
Twenty minutes later, we watch as she dons her Chanel jacket...
Is it necessary to use a chapter break if you actually reference the time that elapsed? Is it better to use it to jump from one scene to another, rather than to indicate jumping to a later point within a scene.
Is it a question of author preference?
Thanks for any input.