Writing Tip: Bend Time

photo-8We cannot turn back time or look ahead in time. Or can we? As writers, we have the freedom to write about whatever we want, whenever we want, so why not bend time and have a little fun. Break the barriers of time and explore some other writing possibilities. Create your own alternative universe in a different era even. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

  • Imagine life before the continents divided. What must it have been like to wander desert terrain and not see an ocean in sight? What foliage was growing at the time? What animals roamed the planet then? Be an ancient human, a dinosaur or a condor in flight. Create a creature we may not have discovered yet during this time.
  • The 14th century was a dark time. Many empires and dynasties were entangled in war. The black death claimed an abundance of lives in Europe. The world was in chaos even then. Write about this time from a different point of view, maybe even from the disease itself. Be a tyrant wanting to take over many nations or a servant observing the horrific events.
  • Place yourself into the industrial age. It was a time when technology paved the way for transportation, communication, and mass production. What positive or negative changes did these innovative ideas bring? Write a time lapse poem or story as if you were watching factories and building rise at a rapid pace. Imagine yourself as a child being forced to work during this era. Without progress like this, what would the present time possibly be like?
  • time-1890294_960_720Everyone thought during the turn of the 21st century, we would have flying cars and be living on Mars already. We are not quite there, but think along the lines of Philip K. Dick and visualize what other futuristic lifestyle could be coming. Where could we be in the next 50 – 100 years?
  • Look even further in time. Will humans still be here 3000 years from now? 10,000? What would our architecture look like? What styles of clothing would we be wearing? What kind of animal species would we have bred? Put yourself in a time machine and get creative with what you might find in the future.

Time is always a fun subject to take on. The possibilities are endless when you can put yourself in the past and explore the potential future. Write from another era with a different point of view, while changing the normal outcomes we have read in history and literature. Don’t be afraid to bend time.


2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.

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2 replies

  1. I love stories that play with time, whether it is a book or movie. The movie Arrival has a great time twist.


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