Hello lovelies! Welcome back to Writing Wednesday. Last post I mentioned briefly that I had a new idea for a book. Because that’s me. Last week it was grief and finding where you belong and this week? Its futuristic science fiction with characters fighting to live on an uninhabitable Earth.
I really can never finish anything, can I?
Before we go on to that, I wanted to quickly mention that I woke up today and saw that I had 98 WordPress followers and 2 email followers. Since my brain is slow, it took me a good two minutes to say “oh wait! that’s a milestone!”. I appreciate all of you so much, and thanks for reading/putting up with my weirdness. I do want to celebrate, so please click on this sentence to vote for what you would like me to do!
Anywho on with the post!
I have really never attempted science fiction before, so I wanted to go on a discovery in this post.
So, what is the definition of sci-fi?
According to what popped up on google when I searched it up, science fiction is: fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.
I feel like that covers a bunch of different things, so here’s some examples of sci-fi (according to goodreads):
So, after going down a rabbit hole on google, here’s some things to ask yourself, and to think about before you begin writing:
Hard or soft sci-fi?
You might be thinking (as I was), “uh, what?”. Let me explain. Hard science fiction is the more realistic or plausible (as in, it could technically happen) the science is. Soft sci-fi is often flexible in terms of the “rules” of science. So consider which one your story is!
What’s the anchor?
Although your story doesn’t need one, if you’re exploring a completely different world it might help. An anchor is a character who is generally as close to a present day human as possible. It can make readers relate to your story and understand it more.
Don’t forget the characters!
Even though your story may be more plot centred, that doesn’t mean characters aren’t still important! Make an effort to really flesh out your characters.
World-building, world-building, world-building!
Is it going to be an alternate universe, an imaginary one, our earth set in the future…? Questions to ask yourself when world-building for a completely different planet:
- What are the characters like in this world?
- Are there more than one sentient species?
- Do they all speak the same language?
- Is this a planet similar to earth?
- Does magic exist?
- What’s the technology like?
Create a map! Draw it out or create it online.
The common tropes?
- Post-apocalyptic world
- Alien invasion
- Time travel
- Interstellar travel
- Etc. etc. etc.
Do your research!
Especially for hard sci-fi, your going to want to do a little digging to figure out if your science or math in your draft is technically “plausible”. But even if not, I suggest taking science fiction out from the library and watching sci-fi movies and tv shows.
It can be great for inspiration!
Have you ever written sci-fi? Are you currently writing one? I would love to read them!