I’m playing around with ideas for the next Xchyler Pub Anthology contest. The prompt is ‘Back to the Future’ in the Fantasy Genre. The characters in my story keep changing their own history, which makes writing difficult.
What’s your preference on altered timelines, A) the single timeline as in the ‘Back to the Future’ movie with M.J. Fox where changes in the past alter the present, or B) the branched timeline where changes in the past create a new parallel timeline/alternate reality?
If I go with A) My characters will be intermittently disappearing and remembering things differently which will make for impossible character motivation.
I will likely have to go with B), but I’m concerned that I will have to burn a lot of words with unexciting explanations of alternate realities and parallel universes that might not even make sense to the readers…
Any other ideas?