Question from a Reader
Dear Ms Curley, I was wondering what is your advice for future writers? I am an aspiring writer especially regarding time travel, fantasy, and science fiction genre. I am hoping for some tips as I desire to become better. Yours always, (name supplied)
As a new writer I would advise to research well and read widely. In writing time travel, fantasy and science fiction it’s imperative that you know what you’re writing about, see how other authors have done what you’re planning to do in your novel. For instance, with the time-slip, will you use an amazing invention like a time machine, or as I did in the Guardians of Time, through the unconscious mind of sleep (with the help of Arkarian of course), or will your characters walk through a “special” door, or will it be something ultra-scientific that might use quantum physics. Whatever you decide research the theories so your technique and your characters come off sounding believable.
I also advise to research well the historical periods your characters slip back to, make them as accurate as you can.
Scientific websites are a good place to start researching and learning about new worlds, if that is what you intend, like Earth in a parallel universe. Useful websites I’ve found include NASA, How Stuff Works, Science Daily and the Smithsonian, to name a few. If your characters time travel back into Earth time, those times and places will need to be accurate. If you’re writing about an alien world, or Earth in a parallel universe, you have more scope to be imaginative, but once your world is established, you will still need to adhere to the rules you have created for that world.
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