Time Lapses in Novels

Anonymous asked: “I wanted to know if it’s okay to write a time lapse in a novel. For example person A and person B have a fallout in the first chapter, and I start chapter two with something like 3 years later.”

I know I’ve seen that a few times and to be honest I don’t know that it actually adds anything to the book. If it helps to write it in that order, that’s ok, but if you start the novel at chapter 2, the reader will probably catch on that they had a falling out and actually, it’s a bit more interesting because the reader already is asking, “Why? What happened?” Generally, if you can start at the three years later, it’s best just to skip the first chapter all together. 

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