What is a Chronological Page?
Each one of my stories (so far, all fan fictions) have what I call a Chronological Page. But what exactly is a chronological page?
That is a good question, and there are two answers: a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is a short list of links put in chronological order sometimes accompanied by descriptions. The long answer? I was hoping you would ask that. 🙂
I will start by expanding on my short answer from above. Let’s start with:
A short list of links
Okay, once you get to 9 chapters the list isn’t really short, but that wasn’t my point. There are links, often accompanied by a chapter or episode name, and maybe an image. Each link is to a chapter part (or episode) and may be accompanied by a description of the chapter or episode. I’ll explain why in a minute.
Why is that important? Well, unless your my dad who “reads books backwards” just for fun, you probably like reading stuff in order. This does two things: (1) it helps you (the reader) read the book like you would if it was in your hand (that is from front to back), (2) and it makes it easier for me (the writer) to find what I need when I need to look back for info (such as a character quote).
One thing I noticed in the first few months of writing my first fan fiction (The Gotham Enigma), was the order of the posts can be very confusing for a new reader, or a reader that missed a few parts. Why? Because, if you view them by category you will see them in the order posted (in other words backwards), not chronologically. So, I decided to have a chronological link page for each of my fan fictions so that my readers can easily find each post whenever they need to.”
Above is an excerpt from The Phantom Jedi: Chronologically page, that explains it a bit more.
Ok, so Why the Chapter (or Episode) Descriptions?
Once again, good question. As you may have already guessed, descriptions do two things: (1) it helps you (the reader) find your place (just like a bookmark!), (2) or it helps me (the writer) by giving me a general overview of where the story is going and places to look for untied threads.
Besides the page’s featured image(s), I sometimes also include images from the chapter or episode. Why? By adding an image to a description, you might be able find your place with more accuracy than with just a description.
On that note…
I hope by breaking down the parts of a Chronological Page, I have been able to help you understand what they are and why I have them. If not, I am have a final analogy that might be able help you.
What is one of the first things you find in most books, after the copyright pages and title pages? Hopefully, a table of contents. This is a list of chapter’s numbers, chapter names, and page number.
A Chronological Page is simply an online version of a table of contents with a list of chapter numbers, chapter names, and links instead of page numbers. It’s that simple.
A list of my current Chronological Pages:
- The Phantom Jedi
- The Gotham Enigma
- Daughter of Magneto
- Beyond S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Soldier of Cybertron