by Thom Yee
Conventional wisdom tells us writers (one of whom I do not claim to be) that time travel stories are tricky things. That might depend on your background or what sort of stories you’ve been exposed to, but all it really takes to write one is a basic understanding of the rules you’ve set up. Whether you’ve subscribed to Back to the Future principles or something a little more complex, all it takes is some fourth-dimensional thought and a reasonable grasp of cause and effect. Keeping track of what’s going on isn’t what’s difficult; rather, it’s writing a story that should involve time travel at all that’s the trick. What does time travel as a device bring to your story? If it’s just a way of framing it, then that’s probably a wasted opportunity. If it serves an integral purpose, whether it’s central to your plot or drives the story throughout, then you might have something worth peoples’ time.