THIS thought follows on from the last post on THERE IS A STORY IN YOU …
Have you seen that a 1.5 hour-long movie can have the story of an event that lasted in 2 hours, or 2 days, or 2 weeks or 2 decades?
But that depends on what the story is about: Is it about a bank robbery, or a boat tragedy? Or, is it about the story of a man who spent 20 years in jail for the death of another – and returning to a life that has moved on 20 years?
I think you have watched such movies – the ones that capture only a few hours, as well as those that capture events in 2 decades.
IN YOUR BOOK
Well, in your creative work, your book, see how you will pace the events in it.
Are you going to write about something that happened in 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 decades?
That choice is yours to make.
Some of those 2 hour-long events that you were part of – or observed – could be the subject of a novel – or a script of a movie, if you take the time to think through it.
Other events – that occurred over a decade - may be better told in one book.
The example I gave in the earlier post of AB Facey was his one book that had events that took place in the 80 years of his life.
Possibly, if he had time, he could have divided the book into 2 parts, the first 40 and then the next 40.
I am aware of famous people who have done that too.
Well, I hope these tips help you work on some book or story project.