One of the tasks I find most challenging when writing a novel is changing the time scale.
So far in Above World, only a few minutes or a few hours pass during each chapter. The shortest chapter details the events of five minutes or so, while the longest might cover half a day. I try to keep the immediacy, to stay close inside my PoV characters’ heads.
However, I’ve just reached an important time jump—I want three weeks to go by in the space of a few paragraphs, and I want to summarize the events of those weeks, not just skip them.
Jumping into the time warp and jumping out again is tricky. Have I chosen the right exit and re-entry points? Am I maintaining the PoV character’s voice despite resorting to a summary mode? Does it feel as jarring to the reader as it does to me?
Jade Tiger has very few time jumps of this sort, so I don’t have a lot of experience with altering the time scale of my novel in this way. Anyone else find this area tricky to navigate? I’d sure love some tips and tricks!
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