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Old 06-21-2008, 12:50 PM
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What's a good way to pass time in a piece, other than saying "Two weeks later," or "After a while..."

I'm working on a short piece and need to jump quickly to get to the end but don't want to sound too corny or cliche.

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this is really weird!... this is the second post i swear i just answered, but my answer isn't here... did you post the same question on another site i monitor?... such as critiquecircle.com, or writingforums.org?

if not, i must be having some alzheimer's moments! ;-(
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I think when indicating that time has passed, using a separator (- - -) or introducing the time shift later on (She sat in the chair and stared moodily into the fire. It had been a month since Eric had left her..) can both work well. Sometimes, the time shift does not have to be in the reader's face, so to speak; you can allow a few paragraphs, particularly if the writing is obviously reflecting a change in time.

Just my two cents. =)
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using a separator (- - -)
???... did you mean a 'line break' where you'd place a '#' in the center of the blank line to indicate change of time/setting/scene?... or what?
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Oh, sorry for not making myself more clear!

I meant a line break, yes. Often spaced dashes or addition signs are used to indicate a change of scene; I've never seen a single hash mark used, but I'm sure it is in other countries. I'm in Australia, so perhaps conventions are slightly different. It wouldn't be the first time.

I was using the term 'separator' as a kind of catch all, I suppose, for the varying marks and symbols used to indicate change.

Hope that clears things up for you, mammamaia, and for anyone else who may have been confused. =)
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I'm in Australia, so perhaps conventions are slightly different. It wouldn't be the first time.
So am I... I just call them dashes. Or, specifically, three dashes.

But the suggestion:
or introducing the time shift later on (She sat in the chair and stared moodily into the fire. It had been a month since Eric had left her..) can both work well. Sometimes, the time shift does not have to be in the reader's face, so to speak; you can allow a few paragraphs, particularly if the writing is obviously reflecting a change in time.
is better... from my perspective, anyway.
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well, 'line break' is the term publishers use in the us... don't know about in the uk and elsewhere...
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Originally Posted by SynonymousWords
But the suggestion:

Originally Posted by chloe.spencer
or introducing the time shift later on (She sat in the chair and stared moodily into the fire. It had been a month since Eric had left her..) can both work well. Sometimes, the time shift does not have to be in the reader's face, so to speak; you can allow a few paragraphs, particularly if the writing is obviously reflecting a change in time.
is better... from my perspective, anyway.
It would depend on the situation, I suppose.. but the second option does seem smoother, doesn't it? Still, it is used an awful lot, and doing something different every once in a while is good, also.

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well, 'line break' is the term publishers use in the us... don't know about in the uk and elsewhere...
Ah, well. I'm not 100% sure what we use in Australia (I would assume 'line break', but I am not a publisher, and I don't work in the industry - yet), but all the terminology can be a little confusing sometimes, especially when you throw in the fact that people here come from different countries.

Here's hoping that PinkFloydian can make sense of all this when he/she returns to the thread! I think we hijacked it a little, talking about symbols and separators, and line breaks and things. =)
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How about just a simple line or two of how your character was getting along?

E.g. "The days that followed left Seb wondering if he had done the right thing"

Bad example, but hopefully you get what I'm trying to say.
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