A Split in Time:

How to Write Dual Timeline, Split Time, and Time-Slip Fiction

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What are the key elements to writing a time-slip novel? Where do you start in your plot? How do you weave together multiple storylines?

In A Split in Time, time-slip authors Melanie Dobson and Morgan Tarpley Smith help fellow writers navigate and then master the challenges of writing a novel with two or more storylines. Within these pages you’ll find:

·      Thirteen key components for split time fiction

·      Practical tips on building the time-slip structure

·      Interviews with bestselling novelists like Lisa Wingate and Susan Meissner

·      Analyses of multi-storyline techniques

·      Resources to build compelling split time characters, craft your ideas, and weave together multiple timelines

Whether you are a seasoned writer ready for a new journey or a first-time novelist wanting to learn the split timeline format, this workshop-in-a-book provides the necessary skills to weave two or more compelling stories into one time-slip novel!



A Split in Time is the only craft book I know devoted completely to writers who want to write in the time-slip genre. . .It’s an absolute must for anyone writing split time novels.”

Heidi Chiavaroli, award-winning author of The Tea Chest

“This book is a gold mine of information for those looking to write split time fiction. Highly recommend!”

Lindsay Harrel, best-selling author of The Secrets of Paper and Ink


Morgan Tarpley Smith

Morgan Tarpley Smith is an award-winning newspaper reporter and photographer in Louisiana. She is a writer of split time fiction and the founder of A Split in Time Fiction Group on Facebook for lovers of novels where the past and present collide. She has co-authored a non-fiction book with award-winning author Melanie Dobson – A Split in Time: How to Write Dual Timeline, Split Time, and Time-Slip Fiction. Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, Morgan’s interests include hanging out at coffee shops, listening to records and researching genealogy. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and son. For more information about Morgan, connect with her on social media or her Facebook group.

Melanie Dobson

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old journals and books. The award-winning author of more than twenty novels, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical fiction including Catching the Wind, Hidden Among the Stars, and Memories of Glass. Melanie’s novels have won four Carol Awards, the Audie Award, and the ForeWord Book of the Year. The Dobson family resides in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, teaching, playing games with her girls, and loving on kids in their community. More information about her journey is available at www.melaniedobson.com

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