18 April 2013

Jumping in Time in Writing a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay

I've written extensively about the problems with using flashbacks when writing a novel, memoir, screenplay. Just as jumping backwards in time, jumping forward takes the reader out of the here and now of the cause and effect between scenes and can interfere with their ability to drop deeply into your story.

Watch how often you make substantial time jumps in your story. Jumping in time too often can be disconcerting to the reader. Pace yourself. The tighter your scenes are tied by cause and immediate effect, the closer you keep your reader to your story.

Where's the best place in your story to make a time jump? At the beginning of the Middle.


Knowing what to write where in a story with a plot allows for a more loving relationship with your writing. Whether writing a first draft or revising, if you falter wondering what comes next in a story with a plot, follow the prompts inThe Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing

Today, I write.

To familiarize yourself with the basic plot terms used here and in the PW Book of Prompts:

1) Watch the plot playlists on the Plot Whisperer Youtube channel.
2) Read The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
3) Fill out the exercises inThe Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
4) Visit:
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