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Time Descriptions

Some Things Never Change

By Judey Kalchik Published 11 months ago Updated 8 months ago 3 min read
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As a child of the 70's (ok- also 60's but who's counting?) I was raised on songs about time.

"Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.... "- Steve Miller Band

"If I could save time in a bottle- The first thing that I'd like to do- Is to save every day 'til eternity passes away -Just to spend them with you"- Jim Croce

"If a man could be two places at one time- I'd be with you-Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way..."- Bread

And out troubadour warned us that 'The times they are a-changin'"

All of that early exposure to the myriad ways Time's passing can be described made an impact on me. It has not, however, made an impact on the ways AI describes passing time.

Look for These AI Time Tropes

The most common devices are bolded and italicized. All but five of these came from our group of sample content, all published on Vocal Friday August 18,2023.

Beginning the Content

One of the most common ways for a fairy tale to start is also a common AI-generated beginning, fiction or non-fiction alike, so it simply must start this list of common time-descriptors:

  • Once upon a time
  • From an early age


Advancing the Narrative

  • At some point,
  • Her days were spent
  • spent his days
  • the days spent wandering


Turning Point in the Story

  • One critical day
  • One fateful evening
  • One fateful day
  • awoke to a new day


The Action Starts Moving

  • With the changing seasons
  • as the seasons cycled
  • And as the seasons cycled, bringing life to the land once more
  • As years passed
  • As the years went by
  • As decades turned,


Time Drags Onward

  • Days turned into weeks THIS is a dead-solid giveaway for AI-generated content. Once you see this just skim the rest for the rest of the keywords and clues.
  • Weeks passed
  • Days transformed into weeks
  • Shadows lengthened, and with each passing day,
  • ebb and flow of existence
  • Amidst the gathering storm
  • As the sun dipped below the horizon
  • from dawn till dusk


It's 'These Boots Were Made for Walkin' " Time

  • embarked on a journey
  • embarked on a lifelong journey
  • looked back on his extraordinary journey,
  • Their idyllic journey
  • Their journey underscores
  • Helen's intellectual journey
  • As Helen and Sam's journey continues,
  • The beauty of their journey is its inherent balance.
  • left on a hazardous excursion.


Winding it Down and getting to the Moral of the Story

  • story spread far and wide,
  • an aura of newfound hope permeated
  • his legacy would continue to inspire
  • And so, the tale of Ernest Amenuvor, the young dreamer who transformed his imagination into a force for good, continues to inspire
  • And so, the legend of the haunting in Hillwood Manor continued,
  • Thus, the narrative of Aiden,
  • And so, Aria's melody persisted to resonate,
  • the memory of their triumphant battle against the unknown endured
  • And in the heart of the forest, the memory of Eliza's bravery


When these descriptions of time are paired with the stable of character and location names AI-assistance is all but 100% certain (because miracles do happen).

The next chapter will gather together the Morals of the Story.


The content above is from my work in progress, described in this Vocal post:

The previous chapter is Story Arcs.

The next chapter is Morals of the Story

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And while you are here, please add a comment below: Do you see any of these time descriptions in the stories you read on Vocal? What are some other phrases you would include?


About the Creator

Judey Kalchik

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Poetry, short stories, memories, and a lot of things I think and wish I'd known a long time ago.

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Comments (6)

  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock11 months ago

    And the series goes on with great information & tips. Well continued, Judey.

  • Denise E Lindquist11 months ago

    Thank you! That is so helpful! ❤️

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨11 months ago

    I love the way you presented this Judey! I now have Nancy Sinatra singing in my mind ! ❤️🕊️✨

  • D. D. Lee11 months ago

    Thanks for your work Judey!

  • Dana Crandell11 months ago

    We appreciate all you do to help your fellow creators, Judey!

  • Mother Combs11 months ago

    Thank you, Judy, for all that you do.

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