I'm working on a novel right now (I'm sure you all know that) and I have a question about dates and ages. Rather than just having the character tell what happened in the past, I'm making the past of the characters part of the story, the introduction I suppose. I was writing down the date and ages of the character and what happened on that day, but it's turned into me writing down every single date in the story, and now I'm not sure how to add it in. I know I could put the dates at the beginning of each chapter/section/whatever, but what about ages? At the beginning the ages sort of jump around, like going from age 8 to 10 to 14 and so on, so I need the ages to be known to make more sense, but later on in the story it's pretty constant. Could I put the ages at the beginning of the section with the date, or does that seem like a bad idea? Sorry if I just really confused you!