The Timeline

Things are heating up now that I am in the last days of reviewing my book, “Waiting on the Outside” with my editor, Christina Frey at Page Two Editing.  The one thing I see as more important than I previously thought is a timeline, particularly in a non-fiction book. It seems when you remember things from years ago, they can get a little muddled up.  A little? Well, maybe a lot muddled up.

It probably is just as important if you are writing fiction.  If you have your protagonist becoming an FBI agent at age twelve, that doesn’t go over so well with your readers.  They are smart and will catch problems in your timeline.

So now I have been reconciling my timeline with the real story, and it has not been easy.  Thankfully I am collaborating with my editor and she has taken me to task about it.  Isn’t that what they are supposed to do?  Yes, if they are a good editor.

For my next book, “The Last Thousand Miles”, which is already in progress, I will complete my timeline before I go any further!!

About Sharron Grodzinsky

Author, blogger and professional seeker of new adventures. After spending many years in the healthcare field, I now devote my energies to writing. I've finished my first book, "Waiting on the Outside" (The story of my sons' journey to incarceration) and my second book, "Surviving La Bestia". (Two immigrant children make a perilous journey over two thousand miles trying to get to America.) Both are available on Amazon. Writing is not an easy task, but if you feel the absolute necessity to write, then you are a writer! I am writing my third book, "The Hanging Girl". I am also partnering with Jon Ponder, CEO of Hope for Prisoners, to bring his story, "I Am Hope", A story of transformation and hope to light. I hope to have both completed by the end of the year. A little ambitious I think, but if you don't aim for the sky you won't land there.
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