I don't know if this has been done before, or just with stories, but I thought this would be fun to write as a cooperative project of whoever is interested... *********************** So, you've decided to enter into the fascinating world of Alternate History and are interested in writing your first Timeline...good for you! you will not regret it! Now, you have probably read another timelines around and feel eager to start writing, but you might be nervous about competing with such big projects such as Look to the West and Decades of Darkness, don't you? well, you needn't worry, sport! anyone with a little knowledge and lots of eagerness can write a Timeline! even you! Now, lets look at some useful advice you should read first before embarking on the great business that is writting Alternate History... 1. Write about what you know...you know a lot of French history? do you have freakingly enormous amounts of knowledge about Roman Generals? do you know what was Churchill's favorite dish? excellent! write about that and make it alternate! don't feel the need to do a TL about something you don't know or care about just because its popular... 2. Do your homework...this is an Alternate history site with lots of people with history degrees and even more free time than you to research, and just for fun, they will pick at your TL and say it sucks...I know because I do it too! try to avoid obvious mistakes and if someone notices some small ones, they are either nipticking or have even more insanely big amounts of useless trivia than you... 3. Plausibility is Key...No, the Wehrmatch cannot invade Britain with a POD in 1940, please read point number 2 4. Butterflies rule, but are not absolute...people will put Napoleon as Emperor of Japan with a POD in 1767 and say "the Butterflies did it!"...it just doesn't work that way, kid! you need to use the cause and effect practice and not the 'Chaos theory' school of thought...every event has a cause and an effect that you need to think about...if you Roosevelt on December 6th, Pearl harbour is still gonna happen on the 7th... 5.No one cares about your political opinions...Timelines are supposed to be alternate history and history is supposed to be neutral...Chances are that you have an unnatural hate for the Ottoman Empire and an insane love for the United States...please, don't let us know...try to write a fair and balanced Timeline...if you're a really, really devout evangelical, don't write a TL about the entire world being evangelical if its not realistic...same goes for jews, catholics, communists, conservatives, pro-abortion and anti-abortion types, feminists and just plain crazy people... 6. Have Fun:...this is supposed to be a hobby, not a job! 7... *********************** Anyone else?