Hi everyone, I'm currently writing a post-apocalyptic novel, and I am now writing the second-draft. The big thing that needs to be changed is that in the middle of the story, the main character has to tell a story to the other main character. This story cannot be told in little bits throughout the story, and must be told in two or three parts maximum, with a very short break in-between (as of now it is told in two parts). It is vital to the entire book, as it shows more about someone's past, and it helps the main character to develop and change by the end of the novel. What I'm asking is this: I know there are ways to info-dump well (although maybe info-dumping isn't the right word for this), an example being the folk tales in Chinua Achebe's amazing Things Fall Apart, so what are your tips for making a long story within the story interesting and readable? The whole story is 2682 words, the first part being 766 and the second being 1916. Is this too long? Should it be split into three sections? Should there be more interaction between the two main characters as one tells the story? Any advice and help would be excellent, and if you need to know anything else, please just ask.