I'd like some advice please from the spectacular hive mind that is writingforums.org! My novel has an underlying theme about consequences. Part of this involves telling two stories thousands of years apart. The latter is the consequence of the earlier. The latter storyline is also the main focus of the story with the earlier one being something of a stock cube- adding flavour but little in the way of substance until the denouement when the two storylines collide. I was thinking of presenting the earlier storyline as excerpts (correct spelling WOOHOO!) from an ancient journal or something similar. The language would be a little more archaic and the setting considerably different. Looking forward to the finished product, I am wondering how best to do this: 1. Intersperse chapters alternating the timeline but keeping the old timeline chapters relatively short. or 2. Including a section entirely in italics (purely for differentiation, I don't use italics if I can help it!) at the head of each chapter that relates part of the story from the old timeline. (As much as possible, the sections will relate to the events in the new timeline.) What do you wonderful people think and do you have any other suggestions about how it could be done?