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44 Ways to Show the Passage of Time

April 19, 2015

Describing time can sometimes be tricky


time passingTime is a big deal in writing. You can’t show night turning to day or a person aging over time, or even clothes going from fresh and crisp to rumpled–nice visual cues that time marches forward. In a novel, it’s all the words you select that tick that clock forward or back in your head.

Here are 37 ways to show the passage of time and create a workable transition through events that don’t need to be seen in scene, just noted:

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).

  • By the middle of Sept he had changed his name three times and was in a new place every night. Today was Room 338
  • ten minutes later, top down on the Corvette, Hootie blaring from his car’s speakers, he…

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