Its Not Really That Alien WRITE......EDIT......PUBLISH
Science Fiction tends to be about things which are theoretically possible. Every story needs a strong opening designed to blow our minds. In what century is your story set? Sci Fi features awesome machines, distant planets, alien lifeforms and wonders created by science and technology. There are so many interesting authors with captivating stories to tell. A lot of you are trekkers at heart - go on!!! Tell us who you are!
Black holes, time travel, futuristic gadgets and dystopian governments seem to be the foremost reoccurring sci-fi themes. So here are some simple Sci-Fi Writing Tips to excite you.
1. My first rule of Sci-Fi writing is: Peek your readers wildest fancies on Page 1 with a sweet mind warping narrative hook.
2. Creating brave new characters with an original backstory is instrumental before seeking out new life forces in the galaxy. Just remember, whichever comes first - Lifeforms or plot, these two must flow effortlessly together.
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4. Millions of fans love SF because Alien Lifeforms, Monsters, Zombies are exciting. Star Trek's Salt Vampire is a force to reckon with and pure living hell. Characters are the backbone of every story. The hero has to find a way to outwit his "Nemesis" or conversely go down with the ship. (Four or five species is enough to avoid confusion in the first chapter.)
5. So now we're building tension by overcoming obstacles. How do we do this? Science fiction thrives on danger. At some stage the protagonist meets the antagonist. Characters are faced with unknown forces all the time. The standard threat to the ship with regular fire fights, over loading warpcore engines and raygun shoot outs are classics. Deus ex Machina is the classic solution for unsolvable problems.
6. The absolute rule in writing is: show the detail don't tell. (Admiral Starr crushed his cigar to death beneath his fingertips - Starr angrily extinguished his cigar in the ashtray.) An element of danger will keep readers fascinated too. Science fiction thrives on dangerous elements to flesh out the doom and gloom dimensions. The five elements- air, water, fire, earth and space can create a realistic sense of urgency provided the scientific elements of your story are believable.
7. A compelling ending is one which delights readers but still leaves them hungry for more. Give your fans the ending they're aching for but best of all, know the ending before you begin. The alternative, if you cross your T's and dot your I's too precisely, you could author yourself out of a real best seller.
I recently discovered a story by a trekkie talent in the blogosphere. Heres my five cents for anyone star trekking across the universe.
I. Creative Commons Licences Make it so!
II. Do what Captain Picard says.
III. You need to get your story into an ebook teaser to whet readers appetites. It'll help captivate a new audience and add an extra layer of copyright protection.
IV. The insecurewriterssupportgroup and alexjcavanaugh are great hangouts for aspiring writers. Theres oodles of useful writer tips and encouragement from a friendly community of bloggies, authors and trekkers. Just follow the rules.
V. Don't give everything away on the blog unless its copyrighted While its not necessary at the manuscript stage - you never know later on.
VI. At long last. Its the moment you've been waiting for. You've finally proven yourself as a writer with a No1 best seller under your belt, its all smiles for the cameras. Your ready to sign up here.
In closing I'd just like to add some dialogue from Star Trek IV for some light hearted merry reading.
KIRK: About those colourful metaphors we discussed. I don't think you should try to use them any more.
SPOCK: Why not?
KIRK: Well, for one thing, you haven't quite got the knack of it.
SPOCK: I see.
KIRK: And another thing, it is not always necessary to tell the truth.
SPOCK: I cannot tell a lie.
KIRK: I don't mean lie, ...but you could exaggerate.
KIRK: Exaggerate! You've done it before. Can't you remember?
SPOCK: The hell I can't.
Cracks me up every time. Thanks for geeking out with me. Whats your No 1 writing tip?
WRITE LONG AND PROSPER, TREKKERS and BLOGFORMS!