Skipping time

by Graham Antaya
(Vancouver by )

Question: I am writing about a immortal character who lives around 500 years and keeps journals of his life how far can I skip in time through out his 500 years if nothing interesting happens during the times I

am skipping.

Answer: The short answer is ... as much time as you need to.

Every story skips time. Stories are about the significant events, the turning points that change what follows.

Stories would be pretty boring if they included everything that happened to the characters. Never include the uninteresting parts. Summarize them quickly and get to the next significant event.

It doesn't matter how far apart these significant events are -- five minutes or five centuries.

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