When Time is Weird

Time right now is so strange. It seems to move fast or slow. It’s hard to remember what day it is; they all seem to blur together. We can look at a calendar, but even that doesn’t totally help. Our sense of time right now during this pandemic is warped, or at least mine is.

Let’s bring that sense of time or lack of it into our writing.

What are three major feelings that you are carrying right now. If you are having trouble choosing them, you might want to look at a feelings chart. Here is the feelings wheel if you want to click on it to help you out.

Recognizing the feelings we are having can help us move, to take action, and to understand how we are going along in life, especially now in this pandemic. Sometimes we don’t know exactly how we feel. I want to encourage you to just let your eyes scan over the wheel. If there is a feeling that pops out at you. Choose that one. Then try to do the same for two more feelings.


First write about each of those feelings. You can write as much as you want, but it doesn’t have to be a lot, just a sentence or two about each one. Focus in on the one that grabs you most.

Next, select one of the feelings you chose and write about time. Try to reflect that feeling in the piece. You don’t have to say the feeling word in the piece, but show it, in relation to time. Let’s say, for example, that you choose the feeling “nervous,” write about time and show us how there is a nervous energy in relation to your sense of time.

An example with nervous and time: I forget to cut my nails. I can measure time by their length. The longer they grow, the more I begin to flick them on everything. They clack loudly on my keyboard. I click my thumb nail on all the other nails. I clink them on the sides of glasses. I bump them on the wood of my desk, a dull sound. I clap them on the pages of the book that I read, a vapid noise. I click them on my phone, a strange plastic ache.

You can write a poem or a short story or a journal entry. It doesn’t matter the shape in the end, just write. See what you come up with. Show us how time is for you right now, put it together with an emotion.

I have heard a lot of creative people say lately that they have been having a hard time feeling creative or they have been having a hard time writing or making art. This exercise can help push us to create, to write, to explore all we are dealing with.

If it feels difficult to do the exercise right now, just write about how you feel about time and/or write about the feeling words you chose. Try to sit with your pen moving across the paper for ten minutes- more if you’re feeling it (remember time is weird right now so ten minutes might be only one or it might be an hour. Just write. Give yourself that gift.

Thank you for writing with us.

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Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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