Writing Time Travel
I love to read a good time travel story. I also love to write them, but writing time travel is not easy. As an author, I realize time travel writing is tricky. It’s not just about researching a time period where the character is going to go or, even more difficult, taking them into the future and creating a believable world from pure imagination. But I believe above all other things in a time travel story there has to be a meaningful reason to take a character into another time. Something has to happen in that other time that is significant to the story plot and outcome—something of great importance to the characters.
And then there is the way to get to the other time period. It can’t be just any old thing. It has to be thought out and believable. If your readers find the transition to another time incredible, the whole story will seem contrived and lose the meaning you intended for it. If it’s done too easily without affecting the character in some way it will be unbelievable. Confusion, worry, the subtle dawning on what has transpired has to leave the character feeling something. It may require physical distress or mental anguish, but it can’t just happen without some consequence to the character.
I read a time travel once where the heroine could go and come through a specific portal with ease, whenever she wanted. This ease and control of the heroine to do this took away the worry and the consequences for the heroine and, in my opinion, ruined the story’s intensity.
LECENDS OF WINATUKE TRILOGY
By Sarah J. McNeal
Paranormal novels filled with adventure, magic, evil creatures and undying love for 99 cents
DARK ISLE, Book 1
The legend begins when love and evil collide.
LAKE OF SORROWS, Book 2
The legend continues with a curse, a quest and undying love.
THE LIGHT OF VALMORA, Book 3
A quest for an enchanted light...a Gypsy’s love...and a warrior’s sacrifice to save Valmora.
In my paranormal trilogy, Legends of Winatuke, my characters travel from the world we know in present day to another dimension in which the time has stopped in the medieval period. They must have the magical sphere, the Rock of Ages, in order to travel to that other world to help their friends fight against the witch-queen. Without the sphere, they’re stuck wherever they might be. There are consequences. None of the technology they possess can pass through the barrier between dimensions. They must fight with medieval weapons only. Physical consequences occur they must contend with as well. For a time the travelers feel drained of energy and experience physical discomfort from their journey.
Do you read time travel stories? What story was your favorite? Do you write time travel? What entices you to write about traveling in time? Do you find it complicated to write?
Sarah J. McNeal is a multi-published author of several genres including time travel, paranormal, western and historical fiction. She is a retired ER and Critical Care nurse who lives in North Carolina with her four-legged children, Lily, the Golden Retriever and Liberty, the cat. Besides her devotion to writing, she also has a great love of music and plays several instruments including violin, bagpipes, guitar and harmonica. Her books and short stories may be found at Prairie Rose Publications and its imprints Painted Pony Books, and Fire Star Press. Some of her fantasy and paranormal books may also be found at Publishing by Rebecca Vickery and Victory Tales Press. She welcomes you to her website and social media: