So I'm outlining this story currently and I want to tell it over a time period of five years. Got me wondering whether this was a harder thing to do or easier thing to do. I know there are whole "biographies" for characters lives in stories and Catcher in the Rye takes place over two days. I'm wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are of short vs average vs long timescales and what you would recommend for a beginner writer? The character is beginning secondary school (High School in the UK) he's 11 years old and I want to tell the story right until the end of school when he's 16. The plot in no way revolves around school, but it begins with the day before the first day of school and I'd like the end to reflect the beginning to give a clear contrast of character growth.