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Subject: writing time travel novels
Date Posted: 11/2/2013 11:31 PM ET
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I'm in the planning stages of writing a time travel novel.  I know. I know.  It's all been done.  But I have a few ideas that I think bring some originality to the process.

So, help me out.  What do you NOT want to see in a time travel novel.  And any ideas (small or large) that might spark my thinking?

Thanks!

Bob

Date Posted: 11/3/2013 11:14 PM ET
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going back in time to learn how to chat up some girl you're in love with. Basically impressing her by tricking her into thinking you're that smart.

Historical accuracy is important too. Plus if  the author feels that if going back in time will effect the outcome even if they do nothing much while back there.  Butterfly effect or no butterfly effect. Can I kill a bug by stepping on it and not have it turn out to wipe out all a tribe of native people. Sound time travel rules is what I like to see.

Date Posted: 11/4/2013 10:55 AM ET
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I think the most important thing is that it's not about time travel per se, that the time travel element facilitates a larger story. Time travel is a device, not an end. Octavia Butler's Kindred comes to mind.

Subject: Thanks!
Date Posted: 11/16/2013 4:48 PM ET
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Thanks to the repliers.  Good help!

Any others?

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 7:14 PM ET
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Yes, I would like it if the element of "messing with the time continuim" is omitted.  I remember superman comics always warned about his interfering with the future of the world.  I think an interesting story can still come about without contemplating  the effect on future societies.  I agree with the note about the whole Groundhog Day snydrome of impressing someone by your future knowledge.

Date Posted: 12/7/2013 3:53 PM ET
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Excessive historical detail irritates me. The details are important, but I want to enjoy a story not endure a lecture.

Date Posted: 1/24/2014 9:15 PM ET
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I agree with John B and Nancy D.  "Messing with the time continuum" is overdone.  Yes, make the setting accurate and include details, but don't lecture.