This past week, I continuously found myself out of time. For what? For anything. For writing, critiquing, blogging - everything. And it's frustrating because I find myself very tired. I tend to think it's because, as soon as my exam session in college was over, I got now holiday - zip, nada, continuous school starting the very next day at 8 a.m. (which implies waking up at 6: 30 - yes, I know I'm whiny). And the exhaustion is starting to catch up with me. So, today, I went home. Which implies an approximate 3 hour drive. So now I'm pooped. Again.
So...yeah. Fictional characters never have that kind of trouble, do they? They can skip over the boring trips and can be as fresh as daises after a good night sleep. Except when you're not letting them.
I personally don't let them.
By now, you might all know that I write a YA series. If you don't... I write a YA series. Yup, seven books - seven jewels, seven adventures, seven years, more or less (I tend to say more, because I think about eight years pass in between the first and last book of the series).
Does one book represent one year? Of course not! That would be waaay too coincidental (nudge, nudge - one of my few problems with Harry Potter). Actually, the first three books happen in about 4 months. Which leaves my characters exhausted. It's fun to write exhausted people when you're exhausted yourself. So I give them a bit of a short time.
They say timing is everything - my forth book skips 2 months. My fifth book skips over 3 years. How do you know when and how much time to skip? Well, I guess it's up to what you're trying to prove. And in my case, I'd better have a damn good reason why my team suddenly stops finding huge jewels. I do. I'm working on it.
In my current novel making the critting cycle, I jumped over 8 months at some point - and then the rest of the action kinda happens in three weeks. Why did I do that? Because my two, soon to be lovers, MCs needed some closure. Some people might get over failed relationships faster, but my peeps happen to be kinda... immortal, and as Daniel himself says: Cheryl died less than a year ago and that’s like a drop in my long life.
What I've never done, but am planning to do is leave my characters short for time. Make them act, give them no choice. So far, I'd left them at they're own pace. They don't stall, they pretty much get the job done, but they're never pressed for time by impending doom. That's something I want to try because I'm curious as to how my characters would react. Better put that on my to-do list.
So, how about you guys? How to you handle your time? Does it slip out the window sometimes? And do your characters suffer from lack of time or too much of it?
*off to get some sleep*