When I beta read, I often find myself commenting on things such as “This sentence/paragraph isn’t written in chronological order. You might want to rewrite.” And often, the writer asks for clarification. What does “chronological order” mean?
So here’s an explanation.
Events should be told in chronological order – describe the cause first, then the effect. Something happens, then the character reacts to it, not the other way around.
Sometimes, it’s okay to break chronological order if the sentence sounds awkward otherwise, but for sentences with a strong cause-effect relationship, it would be better to put things in chronological order.
Within the reaction/effect, descriptions should follow a certain order too. I’ll explain that in a separate article.
Created by Krystel Contreras & Jorge Courbis