Hi all, I have been working on a novel for a while now, and I always had the issue of how to tackle the following issue: I want to start my story (first 4-5 chapters) sometime in 1995 and then come to the present, i.e. 2020 and continue my story from there. What is the best approach to do this in a novel? What is the correct way to indicate that the first 5 chapters are in 1995 and then that we enter 2020? An important part is that I am writing in the 3rd person. A few solutions I am thinking about right now are: 1. Clearly have one page before chapter one saying: 1995 and move forward with my first 5 chapters, then another page stating 2020 (or present) and continue my story, or 2. Start my first chapter by saying clearly that the year was 1995 (i.e. "It was a warm summer in nineteen ninety five..." and then at chapter 6 "Twenty five years passed..." (this is just a very simple example) 3. Use a prologue (even though I dislike this option - some readers tend to skip the prologue, and for my story it's very important) I am struggling to decide what is the best approach as I have not seen this in a book before. Any help would be appreciated or any actual book examples. Thanks in advance.