So, let's suppose I'm playing around with a story about a thief. There are two parts: one detailing the thief's childhood and his tutelage, and the second when he is in prison. Now here's the problem I need help with. I could set the plot so it goes in chronological order, with Childhood--> Prison. Alternatively I could start off in prison and reveal the childhood scenes via flashback. Both have their benefits. Chronological order is easier to digest, and i've already set up various Chekov's guns (a term for a specific type of foreshadowing) to connect with the later parts of the novel. Flashbacks would provide a nice framing device, and it also means i can write less and have more independent internal monologues. Not like there's a whole lot to do in a prison cell. However, this means that I will have to combine Act 1 and Act 2, and the timing must be perfect. Any suggestions?