Hi all... I'm just returning to a novel I have pretty-much half completed and have a question about how best to deal with the passage of time? My protagonist is an 11 year-old girl, daughter of the previous ruler of the World, who was spirited away to safety as a baby by a trusted witch as the ruler's palace was sacked by the evil host. The child was kept hidden with adoptive parents and has now been retrieved by the witch who intends to teach her how to use the secret powers she will ultimately be able to use. I was thinking of having her learn her skills over 7 years and then she eventually passes her tests when she is 18. At this point she would be ready to use her powers and skills to fulfill her destiny. I've written the beginning and the ends but am struggling with how to deal with this potential 7 year 'slot' in the middle of the book. Has anyone else had to do this? Assistance would be appreciated of course!