marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

day after day

time passing. . . how much time passes between one scene and the next?  I'm rather bad at giving hints at it.

Of course, the default is bang, bang, bang, right after each other.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes I just fall into myself and don't try to stretch things out.

Then, that has its own effects.  Sitting down and considering the time line, tallying up the number of times they sleep, and having it dawn on me that they went through the entire adventure in three days.  Staying all in one location, naturally.  Travel time expands even more stories.  But sometimes it just comes across as too crowded.

Especially when characters need to develop.  Falling in love with the love interest takes time. . . hmm, maybe that's why Love At First Sight is so popular.  It means the author doesn't have to worry about the time needed for that subplot as well as the main plot.  But if you have so characterized your characters as to make it impossible, it, like other subplots, may need time to ripen.
Tags: character arc, story time, subplots

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