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#1 LilySpradling0425

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 04:32 PM

Hi everyone! I'm formatting my manuscript to have ready once I send out my first queries, but I'm unsure about something. I have several mini-chapters of short flashbacks (usually 1000-1500 words each) spread throughout the story. In my original document, I had them titled with the date on which they occurred and no chapter number, since they supplemented the story but did not take place within the main plot.

 

However, I can't figure out how to do this in the MS. Should I count them as normal chapters and give them numbers as well as their "names"? None of the other chapters have names, so that would feel a bit awkward. But I don't know if it's acceptable to just write "April 18, 2012" at the start of a chapter, rather than a number.

 

Any thoughts, suggestions or advice would be tremendously appreciated!



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 06:02 PM

I think if you use the same font as your chapter, it should be clear enough. Just be consistent throughout.



#3 Thrash

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 07:52 PM

Consistency is key. I have the same set up--and just use the date to mark the jump. It may be changed later in production stages, but for the query stage just make sure it's clear and consistent. 



#4 LilySpradling0425

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:10 AM

Thanks so much, Kilomara and Thrash!!






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