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Time Traveling, Writing, Writing Craft, Writing Exercise

How to Play Peekaboo with Life

みちゆき — time travelI jump on the train and it moves. It takes me from station to station, from my childhoods kindergarten where I was playing hopscotch with grazed knees, through my youth when I crew cut my hair just to make my parents angry. It moves on, this train of time, passing the hours of thoughts, grief and lust. Day by day it chugs, chugs, chugs… Suddenly I´m here, now, moving my fingers over the keyboard forming the word time-traveler. And in the same time as I finish the sentence my face shrinks as the skin of an apple. I´m old, with a lined face and grey eyes. The shine in my hair has been gone for such a long time. I have accepted that diaper, the smell and the pain of owning a body that hurts in every way it can. My teeth are crackled, uneven and do no good. I cannot hear you, and my voice is stuck in the 50´s. My body has given up a long time ago, but I´m still here playing peekaboo with life.

The Art of Time Traveling 

Time traveling is a really great (writing) exercise to do if you want improve as a human, a worker, a boss or a writer. Just put yourself in that machine, sit down and make yourself comfortable – in a car, a spaceship, or even in your own mind – and let yourself disappear backwards or forward in time to explore who you might have been or who you are going to be. Find a great character, a wonderful place that can be a scene in your story, or create a plot by your time traveling. You can go back and forward in time as you want. Don´t take it too serous, play around with it. You can either do this in your thoughts at first, and then write down what you have experienced, or write as you do it. What´s best for you?

Tristine Rainer is writing about time traveling in a chapter of her book The New Diary.  One of many things she mentions is how to use time traveling as a way to explore the path you never chose. Time traveling can be a great tool to explore other times and places you never visited! This goes hand in hand with the teachings of Carl Gustav Jung. He was a student of the well known psychologist Sigmund Freud. Jung had an idea of something he called the collective unconscious. He said that a part of our memories is shared by everyone living on this planet. It´s a memory that is unconscious, almost as if it was passed on to us from generation to generation through our genes.

What You can Gain by Time Traveling

I would say that time traveling is a way to get into that unconscious part of ourselves, to pick up small pieces of them into our heart and mind and make them conscious. Then we can use them in a constructive way in our lives and in our writing. You have a well of unexplored fields within you: feelings, places, pictures, thought, amazing things no one could ever imagine! And you are free to explore all that whenever you want, and as much as you want. The only thing you need to do that is you.

Sometimes it can only be fun to time travel. You don´t have to write it all down, nor do you have to remember where you have been, who you were or what you did. If you open your eyes after the journey feeling happy – it´s good enough!


Have your ever been time traveling? Why? Where have you been, who were you and what did you do? How did your writing get affected by that journey? Is there any special place, person or event your would like to visit? Why? What do you want to gain by time traveling? Do you think there are any limits to what you can gain by this exercise? What would that be?


About Magdalena Wiklund

Leg. biomedicinsk analytiker och maker. Arbetar med transfusionsmedicin till vardags, forskar på antibiotikaresistens på fritiden. Jag skapade Sveriges största site för biomedicinska analytiker därför att detta verkligen är ett fantastiskt yrke som jag hoppas att fler ska intressera sig för.


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