Time to a writer is like playdough in the hands of a toddler.
~ Barry Lane
As writers, we have the power to manipulate time - to choose where and when to begin, what or how much to leave out, to skip as far forward or as far backward as we like. According to Barry Lane, "Time is a stretch of mountains and we can choose where to dwell."
If we want to write about something that happened that evening at dinner, we don't have to start at breakfast and work our way forward until we get to dinner - we can simply begin with dinner. Once there, Barry tells us, we can spend pages writing about something that may only have lasted minutes. Or if we choose, we can spend a sentence or two skipping large sections of time in order to get closer to the story.
Writing is different from living. In real life, we can't rearrange reality and expect to get away with it, but as writers we have more freedom. When we write we need not do it the same way that we live, one moment at a time. We can jump right to the time that interests us most.Do you feel that? That's the power and the freedom to create. YOU are the artist.
Do you ever play with time, shaping and molding it to fit your manuscript?