Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What Time is it?

I'm not sure any of us like
it when our alarm goes off
Time is essential for guiding our lives.  It gives us deadlines, provides a gauge to celebrate occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays to mention a few.  The clock tells us when we should be somewhere.  It is a barometer for setting goals, and assessing whether we've reached them.

There are people who are on time for everything.  Then of course, there's always the bunch that can't allow themselves to be governed by a clock. (Personally, I'd rather move at my own pace...I'll get there when I get there...)

But, honestly it doesn't matter how much we respect time, we are all forced to acknowledge it.  As the saying goes time waits for no man.

And with time being so relative there's moments we wish it to move faster, wish it to slow down.  Not sure if you're like myself and my co-workers, but Monday through Friday, we are always saying are we there yet.  Of course there refers to the glorious weekend.

So how can we apply the human relationship with time to our writing?

Self-evident is the fact we need to be aware of time in order to write a book in the first place.  We need to know how a sequence of events unfold, and know the timeline.

You could have a character is on time for everything, or have one that is routinely late.  (If you could incorporate both, you could have an interesting tidbit of conflict between the two characters.)

Have your characters glance at clocks or watches to gauge what time of day it is.

Have a character complain about the fact they have to be up so early in the day.  (I know I did this with my FBI agent in Eleven.)

These are just a few ways we can use the aspect of time, and its human relationship in our writing.  What about you?  What ideas do you have to utilize this?