……and it’s going. I’ve finally worked out the timeline of the novel from beginning to end and it comes out to about a week. While there’s a lot going on, the bulk of the action seems to be happening on the weekend, beginning on Friday and ending on Monday.
A lot always seems to happen on the weekend.
Had I thought about it a little more, I would have set up Novel Now Finished much in the same way that I had set up Secrets & Howls. In that book, I had designed it to take place over the course of a week. To clarify this point, I placed an independent page stating the day of the week, followed by the chapters that took place over the course of that day and then ended the day with a segment of a letter from 1852. Then it would start all over again, until the novel ended with the final fragment from 1852.
But it was also a different kind of story than Novel Now Finished, which had always felt more fluid with its time than structured. This is in part due to the fact that Secrets & Howls is told primarily in third person, with the ability to dip into the lives of various other characters and places without breaking the narrative. Novel Now Finished is told in first person and, with very few exceptions, remains that way throughout.
Still, in keeping a timeline for any novel, it helps to keep the story’s continuity flowing and if you’re really on top of it, you’ll catch errors before it goes into print. Whether it’s in third, first or second Point of View, it’s a helpful aid in keeping track of your characters and their actions within the story.
All I can say now is, whew!