Using Timelines

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan here today. I’m going to begin today’s post with a story. Trust me, I’m going somewhere with this.

Back in the early 1980s, I read a series of books by one of my then-favorite authors. These books chronicled several generations of one family.

The first volume was set in what was then modern times (the late 1970s or early 1980s). I’m not sure if the author planned to write others when she published that one, or if it was an afterthought due to the popularity of the book.

Book two took us back in time to the 1800s, and the third one took place in the early part of the twentieth century (no later than the 1920s). All well and good as far as character ages and the timeline.

Then we come to what is now marketed as the third of the series (the first one…

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