Time in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

• Let a narrative poem, true story, novel, or short story unfold according to its time sequence.

• Avoid flashbacks or use sparingly.

• Avoid distractions or unnecessary interruptions.

• Let time flow.

• In nonfiction, arrange each point chronologically, sequentially, or logically in the natural order of development.

• Make your points then move along from one point of interest to another.


© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – poet-author of 26 traditionally published books in all genres, and a lifelong lover of Jesus Christ, the Bible, and the church – wrote the Christian Writers’ Guide e-book with you in mind.



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