In Search of Elegance

All this structural hanky-panky isn't something to engage in just for the fun of it. Any departure from linear, sequential storytelling is going to make the story harder to read and call attention to the container rather than the content, the technique rather than the story those techniques should be serving.

There's a principle called "elegance" which means that a theory or an object has no excess parts. It may be very complex, but it's as simple as it can be and still work. This applies to fiction, too. Don't use a frame or a flashback if the story can be well told by following the King of Hearts' advice: "Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop."

Keep your transitions strong; be as simple as you can; strive for elegance.

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