……and apparently, it decided that, yes, there is indeed a timeline. Which I already knew about, because the bulk of the story takes place a few weeks before summer. I wasn’t particular about the exact dates beyond the number of days between separate incidents. And for the most part, it seemed to work swimmingly.
Except, now I’m going through and cutting needless words and cleaning up paragraphs that are left behind. And the more I cut and revise and clean up, the clearer the story becomes. And the clearer the story gets, the more details I’m finding about the timeline. Vague, throwaway lines like “Oh, it happened a few days ago” will find it harder to survive. Concise statements like “It was on Sunday” will take over.
So now, I’ve got a Word document in place to keep track of the timeline and help minimize confusion (which would be mine). This will also help keep it clear and concise for readers (which would be you, if I may be so lucky). As of today, I’ve managed to track one week, beginning with a case of vandalism. It’s a few sentences long, with the timeline basically being the day of the week, followed by a dash (-) and a short sentence describing the event that occurred on that day.
I haven’t decided on actual dates beyond the month, but that will change at some point. I’m a little over a hundred pages into the revision as I write this blog, but as I go along, that timeline will grow and become as detailed as necessary.
And then I’ll go back and do it all over again.