Monday, 12 October 2015

Writing Time

A moment in time is captured: a sunny day, clear skies, the onset of autumn, tide out... 

The key element in favourite childhood books, Tom's Midnight Garden by the author Philippa Pearce an atmospheric story where a grandfather clock keeps peculiar time in an old house in the watery Fens. The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, tales of magical other worlds and other times where adventurous children can slip between worlds and Time. Sci-Fi and historical fiction weave and play with time. The currently trending dystopian genre beguiling YAs imagines every weird distortion.   

Timing is quintessential. Timelines are essential. Whether the plot requires big picture and Shakespearean mis-timings with terrible consequences, or remembering that your heroine couldn't possibly be allowed to fly in the last month of her pregnancy and the micro comings and goings or minor characters. Grandiose or paltry, Time matters.

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