I'm having some trouble knowing how to handle something in a new story idea of mine. How does one deal with a plot which spans a character's lifetime? Well, by lifetime I don't mean until death - I just mean well into adulthood. The plot of my idea builds over a period of several years, with important events taking place in his childhood, adolescence, and the climax happening in early-adulthood. I don't want to show the early events as flashbacks. They are part of the story. So do I divide the book into parts? Sort of a 'Part One: Childhood, Part Two: Adolescence, Part 3: Adulthood' kind of thing? Do I just kind of write my way through the time jumps like: "And so the child grew day by day, until he was almos a man" - except obviously more drawn out than that to give the feeling of time passing? Or does that just bore the reader? I admit, I've only read a couple books that span a considerable period of time, so I haven't had much opportunity to see how other authors handle this.