Please forgive me, but I'm not even sure how to word this properly. I'm not talking about word mechanics, but rather formatting and/or "breaks" to show a significant amount of time has passed. Of course, there are situations where you can just say it ("Ten years later, Tiffany was already a detective..."). But what if you don't want to do it that way? For example, suppose I'm talking about a character named Jett and the first section is about him as a young boy, then the next as a grown man. I might do something like this: blah blah blah [End of young boy section] ========================================= (20 years later) blah blah blah [Beginning of grown man section] When writing a story, can you use a line of dashes? Or some other symbol? Is it acceptable to put the time passed in parenthesis like that? Or is there a better way? Even if I were to use words, I would think some sort of break would be helpful to reinforce to the reader that some significant time period has passed.