Okay, I’m not exactly thinking about Hitler.
But the last post discussed the idea of killing in a time traveling sense, which meant if-this-then-this thinking.
Writers do this kind of thinking all the time. If I have my character go here instead of there or say that instead of this…
And if you’ve written the story and go back and rewrite particular scenes, well, what you change has ramifications for the rest of the plot.
I decided a character didn’t have enough motivation to visit her brother in the hospital. She certainly feels no sympathy for him. Finally, I figured out why she would risk seeing her brother when she obviously shouldn’t…but now I’ve got to change little moments throughout the entire manuscript.
So in a way, if you go back in time and step on a butterfly, you do change the future. And if go back in your manuscript and send a character to steal a lock of her brother’s hair, you change your plot.