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Most stories can follow a time order. This time order gives a good sense of direction during the early stages of writing. This storyline also serves as a departure point when you fold in some description or explanation.

Writers often depart from this strict time order, determining the kinds and amounts of information to give readers at each point in the story.

As you shape your story, then, remember this point: you control the flow of information to readers.


5.5 Write a second draft of the story you began for Activity 6.1. Again, write quickly, but this time include any changes you've been considering. When you finish, get some response to your draft and write another.