Time-shifting a novel

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:23 pm Post

Just a thank-you, Matt.

I had to move an entire novel from 1980-81 to 1983-84. Sounds like an simple enough task, but the critical events are jammed up in a period of only a few weeks, and had to be grouped around holidays and days of the week and -- in one instance, available light in a cemetery -- phases of the moon.

I re-dated the whole thing, then verified the time necessaries. What might otherwise have taken several days of shifting and maneuvering got finished in about two hours.

Thanks again.

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:39 am Post

Time-shifting as a function would be very useful. Not sure how it would work though.

Events have concrete dates, but what if you could also have event dates relative to other event dates. For example:

Milly shoots Mike dead ==> Date = Mike arrives in London + 5 days

Then if I change the date when Mike arrives in London, then the date Milly shoots him would change as well.
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Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:20 pm Post

That would be very useful. Developing my storyline, I've often worried about how to update a major timeline full of characters, if shifting was necessary.