Where does the time go?
It seems like we just brought the summer clothes out of storage and it’s already time to put them away in favor of winter wear. Then we need to figure out the menu and other details for Thanksgiving, prepare the gift lists and then shop for Christmas. Not to mention dispose of the jack-o-lanterns and leftover candy.
Because Halloween is over. A cold, windy and snow strewn Halloween for us this year.
That’s one thing about living up here in the North Country. We have an advantage of sorts. A distinct change in the weather, rather temperature that alerts us to the arrival of the next season be that spring, summer, fall or winter.
Which brings me to the topic for this week – pacing.
A while back, I was happily writing along on my current wip, took my characters through the steps of this event and that to the final chapter. I finished the last sentence, proofed for typos and such, then sent the manuscript in.
My first edits came back with overall suggestions to expand on some story arcs. But what really caught my attention were notes, questions really, at the beginning of a couple of key chapters. Specifically, my editor wanted to know – “How much time has passed?”
Apparently I had made clear where my characters were, who they were with, how they felt, what they were doing and why. However, I’d failed to explain in what exact sequence all of this activity took place and, in relation to what had happened before.
That kind of fix is easy enough with lines such as;
It had been six days since . . .
Over the past several weeks . . .
In the ensuing months . . .
At noon the next day . . .
You get the idea.
In my mind, such as it is, I was well aware of the timeline as it pertained to what was going on. I just made one mistake. I hadn’t allowed my reader to arrive at a similar sense of awareness.
Tricky stuff. Knowing what’s going on in the story you’re writing doesn’t necessarily mean you know what’s going on in the story you’re writing.
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