hawkeye (hawkeye7) wrote,

Narrative structure

Chapter 6 went over the 30 page mark. Further work now consists of inserting all the stuff that the chapter is supposed to cover, but doesn't yet. Unfortunately, there are still a few big chunks.

John Miller Cartwheel: The Reduction of Rabaul shows one conventional approach to the narrative. Each chapter starts with a discussion of the planning process for the operation that it describes. This jumbles up the narrative a bit, for the plans usually preceded operations, sometimes by months. So it resembles a Quentin Tarrantino movie in structure. Aside: the number of aircraft involved in the parachute drop on Nadzab appears as 303 in the primary sources, 302 in Miller. Okay, who was the wise guy? Inquiring minds want to know.

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