asher63 (asher63) wrote,

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Time flies like an arrow ...

Good writing captures a feeling. Sometimes, in our daily experience of life, time seems to pass very slowly. At other times, it seems years pass in the wink of an eye. Effective narrative prose is written in a style that captures the same feeling and makes it immediate. For example:

"I lay down for a nap, I fell asleep, I woke up, it was 20 years later, everything in the world had changed ..."

This technique is known as a coma splice.
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