What are your opinions on the different ways to view multiple generations of characters within a series? The book I was writing involved a lot of...what's the opposite of flashbacks and the like to give the past generation, while I did the narrative present. Now I've changed my mind and have been writing the past generation as the present, and will late write the later generation as a sequel. That sounds confusing. So think about it like this: Star Wars, we start out with the original trilogy, which hints at things that happened in the past: Vader killed Anakin, the jedi died, Obi was a great warrior, etc etc. Then we eventually get to the prequels which spell it out. Alternatively, what if a person were to see the prequels, and then see the original trilogy? The last airbender is another example of generational difference: They started with the Aang generation, and then move way ahead to the Korra generation. One of my bigger fears is that by starting with one generation and then skipping ahead to the next, the audience will invest a lot in all of these characters and hopefully fall in love with them, but then I'll just say their story is (for the most part) over, and they have to learn about a whole new character base. It's true that the old characters will be involved, but not in the same way. I really got annoyed with the original Ender series that Speaker for the Dead is all new characters in an all new world. But maybe if it's done well? Ideas?