There’s a reason time-travel stories have stood the test of time — we love imagining the different paths our lives could take. What if we could prevent a loved one’s death or change the course of history? What if we could meet our past or future selves?

The first novel to include both travel to the past and travel to the future and return to the present is the Charles Dickens 1843 novel ‘A Christmas Carol’. Authors dream of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts.

Time slip is one of the main plot devices of time travel stories, another being a time machine. Traveling back in time to alter the course of history is an alluring idea that has enthralled not just fiction writers but scientists as well.

Writers navigate the murky waters of writing time-travel with historical fiction. Writing time-travel fiction is different from pure historical fiction—not only do you need to do the same exhaustive research as you would for a historical novel, but you also must be constantly aware of the tension between your protagonist and the old world surrounding him or her.

Like anything in fiction, your model of time travel doesn’t have to be possible, but it does have to be plausible and internally coherent.

“Time is an illusion, a construct made out of human memory.

There’s no such thing as the past, the present, or the future.

It’s all happening now.”

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