: a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future
I feel like I have been heavy on the science and short changing the science fiction part of our theme. So today I dug deep into the definition of Time and found a great example of the science fiction writing process. I like it when things work out.
A nonspatial continuum is everything your imagination can come up with. Early in time, late in time, all those concepts are molded and shaped by the story you create. Limitless possibilities and unlimited twists and turns await.
Measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future. That’s the rub in all this, at least for me. My novel is set in the 23rd century so getting a 21st century reader to make that leap is proving trickier than I originally thought. I am writing more and more scenes but piecing them together takes a lot of time.
Do you have any tricks you use to build out a timeline? Post-it notes all over the tackboard? Moving scene after scene around in Scrivener? Does a the line of time in your story flow naturally?