When writing fiction, we can describe things of various durations, depending on the scalarity of our descriptions. That is, we can say:
“I walked to my car, got in, turned left to get onto the highway….”
“I drove to work…”
“Every day that week, while I was taking my drive into work…”
“Over that next year, when I drove to work…”
See? When doing exposition or third person description, we can do even larger time scales, such as:
“The highway was first built in 1939…”
One problem that I seem to have is in changing scales–particularly changing from finer to coarser time scales. If I have a sequence, like a fight scene or an intense conversation, where I am writing it close to one to one, describing in detail each thing that happens, I have real problems trying to break out into describing a bigger stretch of time in lesser detail.
After spending several paragraphs writing an action sequence it’s really hard for me to switch back to saying, “For the rest of the day…”
There doesn’t seem to ever be a natural break for shifting the reader’s perspective, if that makes any sense.
Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone else even understand the problem? Maybe it’s just my need to cram every detail I possibly can into the flow of my narrative.
I’m bringing this up because I realized that the first nine chapters of my new book take place in one day–granted, it’s a fairly busy day, but still…
My God, I’m turning into Marcel Proust. HELP!