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How not to bore readers…

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I am rewriting the middle of my novel where each of eight Sephardic characters takes turns telling the stories of his/her ancestors. I am looking into how fiction writers use time so maybe I can tell the stories in another way than chronological, where one character follows the next. Some writers have used parallel universes and eras alternating, such as in Brooks CHILDREN OF THE BOOK and A. S. Byatt’s POSSESSION. Others use first person telling about the past. Still others use flashback. It has been pointed out to me that classic best sellers such as THE CANTERBURY TALES and SCHEHEREZADE are chronological, and, hey, they’re still around. I’m learning by doing and trying it out on people, such as today’s PEN Fiction Writers’ Group in Los Angeles. Any thoughts, anybody?


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