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Offline Falthor

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A question about a technique.
« on: April 30, 2019, 09:41:20 AM »
Hi Guys, and yes I'm not dead...   been bouncing around from projects to project, not really settling on one.

Anyways I'm working on a story about Bullying and more importantly the bullying I went through as a kid, lessons learned, etc.  What I've been finding is that I can write these scenes, and they are great but I had problems stringing them together.

then I remembered this idea I had and wondered if it might work.  The idea being that present-day me has a car accident, and then the scenes about bullying are my life flashing before my eyes.  I realize this isn't normal straight up storytelling and likely will need a ton of work to become coherent and have the scenes work together correctly.

So I have two questions:

Have you read a book structured like this, and if so what is it called so I can read it for research.

And more importantly, does it sound like something that would work?
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Offline jcwrites

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Re: A question about a technique.
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2019, 02:12:14 PM »
Epistolary novels are common enough (although perhaps less so as letters have given way to emails, which have yielded to text messages and tweets); but you might frame this as a bundle of letters written by your younger self (recounting the bullying) and not found until after your older self has the accident. That way you could interweave two story lines--young you dealing with a bully, and older you drawing courage to deal with an unfolding current life situation.

All kind of ways you could work this. Google "epistolary novels"; you'll find a trove of novels to give you inspiration.

Hopes this helps.

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Re: A question about a technique.
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2019, 07:59:46 PM »
not exactly what i was looking for but I can see where that type of storytelling mimics what I want to do as well.   I will check some out for sure.

just to clarify what I'm thinking is that each chapter is going to be one of these scenes from my head, Sort of a way to explain the time jump, each starts with a snippet of what is happening in the current (the car accident in slow motion) and then diving into the memory and continuing to build on the ongoing narrative.

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