Those of you who paint must know the presence of triangles in a painting.
A writer has the ability to show characterizations, plot and overall story....ie...dude hates ducks but because he loved them as a child, they revisit him at least 3 times in a story.
Time must pass in your story. Perhaps only a few hours have gone by in a complete tale.
Maybe aging takes care of this important task.
Exhaustion can be expressed by three days of beard growth or the need for your heroin to shave her legs.
OCD with looking at a watch can certainly carry your story through logical time. But, time does not have to be logical.
Time and character can accomplish the need to move your character forward.
these are just a few suggestions to try and reign in time in your story.
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