How to Write a Timeline-a guide

Discussion in 'Help and Rules' started by maverick, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Boto von Ageduch Mostly Harmless

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    What do you think is a good way to END a timeline?
     
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  2. maverick Banned

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    I like Epilogues set after the official end of the story line and an "Where are they Now?" section

    That an unexpected and dramatic twists

    Anyone else have suggestions?
     
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  3. othyrsyde Sana ka'aha yo pendejos!

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    I was wondering about this too; but I'm a loooong way off with mine, so I'm not too worried myself.

    I'd say it depends on the nature of your TL; maybe "snow globe" your ending, lol.
     
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  4. Boto von Ageduch Mostly Harmless

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    That's a useful hint, thanks.
    I was rather asking: How can I tell at which point of doubt how to go on it is actually time to stop? ;-)

    I am afraid I do not completely understand what you mean by that.
    Could you please describe it in a different way?
     
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  5. othyrsyde Sana ka'aha yo pendejos!

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    Oh it's just a saying, that implies, "this was all a dream" more or less. It came from the conclusion of a TV show, where they implied the whole show was in the imagination of a kid; who was gazing inside a snow globe, in which a hospital was inside (where the show was set).
     
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  6. maverick Banned

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    Depends on what you-re writing...

    Personally, I go with the Ed Thomas school of thought and think that you can only speculate so much, so I end TLs some 10, 20 or 50 years after the POD.

    It all depends on the effort, time and dedication you can and want to give to the project.

    Others, like Thande, like or want to continue their TLs to the present day or even further, yet I do not recommend this, due to the enormous mental and physical effort it demands...plus, you might get bored down the line and not even get past the POD and a few years...
     
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  7. theReturner Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I've been thinking about writing a timeline, would anyone be able to advise me as i go about writing it?
     
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  8. RogueBeaver Well-Known Member

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    Well, the Board can be divided into many categories of specialists. Depends what you want to write on. Unfortunately, Abdul's departure has left us without our Ottoman expert. I specialize in US politics from 1960-80, on which I have four TLs completed or in various stages.
     
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  9. mowque Banned

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    Do we have a list somewhere. OS far, I have been going my PMs and hit and miss. Slow going, but rewarding. Do we have a list/chart anywhere? :confused:
     
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  10. RogueBeaver Well-Known Member

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    No, but there's a good idea of the gurus on certain subjects. If you want help with anything related to Turkey, you ask AHP. Leo for linguistics. robertp for ACW, Emperor Norton and myself for the Kennedys.
     
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  11. mowque Banned

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    Yeah but lots of people who are experts never get a chance (I have met a Spanish expert that I never would have guessed, by chance). I think we should develop a lis...or something. Would make research alto easier.
     
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  12. RogueBeaver Well-Known Member

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    Well, I advertise it on my sig and Wiki page, and don't want to violate Ian's rule on self-wanks... :eek: If I can find some willing collaborators, this would be a great idea.
     
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  13. Jasen777 Paid to fake it Donor

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    I'm fairly sure there's a list somewhere.
     
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  14. Grey Wolf Writer, Poet, Publisher, Cat-sitter Gone Fishin'

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    You have options

    -1- End it when you get to "The Present" and maybe begin a novelisation instead from that point on

    -2- Keep going far into the future until humanity comes into contact with ultra-powerful aliens who destroy them

    There's probably some in between too...

    Best Regards
    Grey Wolf
     
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  15. Boom22 Well-Known Member

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    The TL I'm writing; I'm going through wars month by month, whereas peacetime it's years. Good idea or Bad idea?
     
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  16. Nikephoros Banned

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    If War is the focus of your timeline, then yes.

    I don't have a standard though. In a sense I'm trying to write a (horrible) story, and I only mention dates when I change to another area.
     
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  17. RogueBeaver Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what type of TL you write. Mine are political, but use the "memoir" format, IOW in retrospect. Makes things a lot easier for me. For my next TL, since I know the characters fairly well, it will be more "novelesque" so to speak. But each to his own in style.
     
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  18. theReturner Well-Known Member

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    RougueBeaver, would you mind if I sent you a Personal Message?The timeline I'm planning is Kennedy related.
     
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  19. RogueBeaver Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome to do so. Though I specialize more on Bobby than Jack, I can help you on both. Here's what's been done so far.

    Me:
    RFK Renewed, Resurrection City (POD 6/5): RFK 1977-1985
    Flight of Fate (POD 6/5): RFK 1969-TBD
    Eastern Entrance: RFK (R) (POD 1937): 1969-TBD

    QuoProQuid: RFK 1965-TBD.
     
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  20. MNP Dark Souls 3!

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    I've planned out my ending long in advance. For me, it's when the theme and philosophy of the TL are ready to move on. Cryptic I know! But I've found that I have more success with stories in general if I can articulate the theme that runs through the particular TL and when it's time to move on to a new theme, they will. Still, remember if you push a TL long enough you end up with fictional characters doing fictional things in mostly fictional places. Isaac's Empire does a lot of analogues for instance, but they are hard to do well so think twice before using them.

    So a list of experts seems like a good idea, the wiki helps if the member is on there and I've PM'd several members to ask questions. Pretty helpful group on AH.com let me say. Also sometimes people become experts on things because of TLs. I know ridiculous amounts about many, many aspects of Al-Andalus compared to a year ago--did you know they appear to have popularized the 3-course meal?
     
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