Time

Pada usia yang sangat muda ini, berhenti berpikir bahwa kesia-siaan, buang-buang waktu, dan malas-malasan adalah kewajaran. Bukan berarti karena masih muda kita jadi punya banyak cadangan waktu. Masih muda artinya kita punya banyak kesempatan untuk belajar, melakukan, dan meraih apapun. Semakin bertambah usia artinya semakin banyak kesempatan itu berlalu, semakin terbatas kesempatan-kesempatan yang kita punya.
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3 Ways to Handle Time in a Novel

Time in a story, a novel is important. How do you show time and the passage of time? This can be done in three ways:

  1. As an exercise in a character’s interior perception of time passing. A character has an internal sense of time. S/he is waiting for something to happen, is in the midst of hurry-scurry activity, or is lounging around doing nothing. Write a scene in which the character goes from resting quietly to frantic activity and pay attention to how you make the time sense speed up. Do you cram in lots more sensory details or skip over them? What happens to the length of your sentences?
  2. As an exercise in creating setting details which evoke time:Time could be a season of the year or a time of the day. Setting details are a great way to make these time periods clear: is the sun or the moon rising? Are there Christmas ornaments on the street lights or are the daffodils just peeking out of the soil?
  3. Transitions from scene to scene. A final way to indicate time is by use of time word in your scene transitions. It can be something as easy as, “The next day…” Or, perhaps you want to be specific: At exactly 8:11 am, John opened his front door… Time words at the beginning of scenes orient the reader to exactly WHEN the scene is taking place and it’s always good to keep the reader oriented. It means you are thinking like a writer.

Source: Darcy Pattison

You are being called to heal yourself, not to agonize over your mistakes. Quit overthinking; this is what surrendering really means. Don’t focus on your problems and don’t obsess about “fixing” things. Avoid forcing “positive thinking.” These thoughts can be psychological irritants. Just leave yourself alone! When you pick at things they never heal. Simply relax and give yourself some time. — Bryant McGill

Time!

The only thing that knows
how to use its wings properly
is Time.

Time flies, moves forward, and never
looks back.

And on everything and everyone,
it leaves its marks.

Time is a teacher
and we all are sitting
in its class.

Some of us understand
the lessons that Time
repeats every time
it has a chance.

Others don’t listen to what
Time has been saying,
don’t pay attention to the messages
it’s been conveying.

Dear Time,
Please, lend me your wings for a while.
Or at least teach me how to
move forward
and never look back.

Cancel the rows, cancel the stitches, cancel the recipe, cancel the count.
I cut pieces of Monday and Tuesday with tentative timid-bold scissors and put them in a box to add to Wednesday blank and expectant.
Afternoons walk with days now, mornings with years, nights with noons. That table’s been there a long lamplight. This dragonfly-wing bed thought it was a yesterday and holds me-you many firefly summer moon-hours.

And winter: and winter. With its nights of glittering-clear gazing-hard stars. Pasted there carefully until they stuck without glue and flickered to On. And a shifted scenery panel confused and happy and wondering if it’s all right that its leaves are flying backwards and up to the branches. And your eyes and your eyes and your eyes.