That's the only way I can explain in a thread title!!!! Ok so my character is a baby, which is in the prologue, but I don't want to start my book from there. I'm not sure at present whether I want to start my book from the now, the age my character is now, or stop at 2 distances inbetween, where I can still portray it as the 'now' but obviously won't be the right present time, but where it shows the characters' development over time, hence these 2 stages. If I did want to do this, ? - how? Would I start really short chapters on these? Or would I merge them together and separate them with ************** ? Wait!! After all of this questioning it's become clear in my head, decided for me. I need to jump right into the present and let my character be who she is and the way she want to be. I figured by writing and asking all of this that if I were to stop at any development point, yes the reader will already know who she is by the prologue,,but they won't know any more until she reveals it herself in the now, and will be mugh better coming out in the story itself. Sorry for answering my own question here!!!!