A to Z Challenge 2013

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A To Z - Out Of Time

Yikes, time just seems to escape away from me these days.  I look up and five days have passed by without me realizing it.  Time is an important concept for a writer though.  In our personal lives, we never seem to have enough of it (at least I don't).  The hours and days fly by as we scurry about with our busy activities, whether it's family things or just our own interests.  Every once in a while, we get a moment to stand there and just breathe in and out, but those moments are rare.

It's ironic then, that we want time to hurry along in our writing.  Or rather, we don't want too many moments in our stories where things are just calm and relaxing like a unhurried stream.  The stories have to move along a bit quicker, carrying the reader in a leaky boat towards the rocky waterfall ahead without concern (with a grin on their mug, no less).  If we slow down the pace too much, the reader becomes bored and puts the book down - something we definitely do NOT want to happen.

Thinking about this idea, I wonder why we crave a lull in our own lives while expecting an exciting busy adventure in our reading?  Maybe what we really crave is a break from the monotonous busy work that is our lives, not really a truly slower pace.  I don't know about you, but even when I take a break from life, I don't sit around for too long without doing something.  Inactivity is not something I can really enjoy, which is probably why I don't watch a lot of television.  My best days at work are when I look up and it's quitting time already;  I've been so busy that I didn't even notice the passage of time.

What would be really useful is the invention of time travel, coupled with immortality of course.  That way we could bounce around to any time or place we wanted to without the worry of running out of time (due to aging).  It is almost a curse being interested in so many things in life, since there's not enough time to really explore them all.  I suppose if we have limitless time however, maybe we wouldn't be as careful with how we use the time we have.  Maybe the real answer is to have time based on how many real interests a person has.  Ooh, that's a great story idea, heh heh.  Okay, nobody gets to grab that one.  I'm claiming it right now.

Do you find yourself struggling for time to get everything done?  And how do you manage your time?


Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Great post! I do find myself struggling to get everything done, and it doesn't help when I'd rather goof off than cross things off my to-do list.

I'd arm-wrestle you for the story idea, but I wouldn't have time to develop it anyway. ;)

Summer Ross said...

Time slips past quickly for me, before i know it a week has gone and I'm left wondering how I got through it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, work can be really boring at times. That's dangerous sometimes, because I get home and don't feel like doing anything.
I need more hours, because right now, I'm not getting it all done.

Angela Felsted said...

When I write, it sucks away all my other time. Which is probably not good, but I refuse to give writing up.

sandy axelrod said...

I work best under pressure so I guess I am not a very good time manager. It seems like the busier I am though the more I am able to accomplish. Weird, huh? Just stopping by to say hi from the A-Z Challenge.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Here's to making it this far, congratulations! I have an award for you!!

Michelle H. said...

Time is different for me now. I never really thought of managing my time, or perhaps it would be micro-managing, where every little minute is accounted for with me doing something. Having a 3 month old daughter really eats into my writing work. And yet, I do cherish the moments of inactivity... when I can find some nap time with her :)