1. Alesia

    Alesia Pen names: AJ Connor, Carey Connolly Contributor

    Mar 19, 2013
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    Knoxville, TN

    Jumping time periods?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Alesia, Mar 19, 2013.

    Basically I have a story idea going. So far I have the opening written up which describes the main character reminiscing about the death of someone very close to her. I want to tell the story of where she is now with long spurts four years in the past to explain how she got here, who she's mourning, and why she's basically become an emotional basket case since then. I have a scene coming up where she gets knocked unconscious and I was Thinking on using that as a jump back point, maybe like this:

    ~ month, year, location

    Introductory paragraphs

    Knocked unconscious

    ~ month, past year, location

    Then same format to jump back to the present, maintaining a similar theme throughout except the trigger might be a song or something like that.

    Is this bad? Is there a better (or preferred) way to write a parallel story?
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    can't tell from that... would have to see samples of what you mean, to give an opinion...

    my best advice is to see how successful authors handle time leaps... historical novels will probably provide the most examples...
  3. Sanjuricus

    Sanjuricus Active Member

    Feb 25, 2013
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    Deja Vu by Ian Hocking is a good example of that, the plot leaps all over the place. The second book in the series Flashback does it even more!!! Cheap on kindle. :)

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