Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

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Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

Post by Deb Porter » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:32 pm

Given that some people are struggling with these genres, I asked myself how hard it was to come up with a sci-fi or fantasy story line (one that works with a Christian point of view). I was thinking that as I got into the shower last night before bed, and before I had finished my shower, I had the story plotted out in my mind from start to finish. And it was a darn good one. So now I'm kind of frustrated that I can't enter the Challenge. :lol:

Given 750 words, you have to throw the main character into the situation straight away, so I started mine with a perplexing science-related revelation (nothing technical, believe me). This led to a confrontation, another shocking revelation, followed by a life threatening dilemma which required the main character to go against her moral/ethical judgment. The antagonist thought he had her under control, but as she walked away, she knew what she had to do.

Ta-da! (And I even tied it in to a very relevant scripture as a tag line.)

Plot in a nutshell (and I had it all acted out, with dialogue, in my brain last night. It was kind of busy in there). Although definitely sci-fi in story line, I did a "ripped from the headlines" angle, setting it five or so years in the future. That would make it relevant for now.

To be honest, this is a basic formula for a lot of fiction, regardless of genre. Problem, conflict, dilemma, (maybe some more conflict) resolution.

So if I can do it in the shower, you can do it before entries close. :superhappy

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Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

Post by glorybee » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:10 pm

I love this post, Deb. A basic fiction formula--and as i've said, any story should have one of those universal themes. All it needs to be sci-fi or fantasy is one out-of-this-world element. Easy peasy.
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Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

Post by dmbowman » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:55 am

Deb Porter wrote:... I had the story plotted out in my mind from start to finish. And it was a darn good one. So now I'm kind of frustrated that I can't enter the Challenge. :lol:
So, why don't you? Sure, you would probably have to throw it out of the judging but you could put it in a random level and we could all try to guess which one you wrote!

Like a reverse challenge. :lol:

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Re: Be a Better Writer -- SCIENCE FICTION

Post by Deb Porter » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:58 am

dmbowman wrote:
Deb Porter wrote:... I had the story plotted out in my mind from start to finish. And it was a darn good one. So now I'm kind of frustrated that I can't enter the Challenge. :lol:
So, why don't you? Sure, you would probably have to throw it out of the judging but you could put it in a random level and we could all try to guess which one you wrote!

Like a reverse challenge. :lol:
On another week, in another century, I probably would do that. LOL. No time with books awaitin' and a conference this coming weekend. (And a funeral to arrange tomorrow for my mother's friend, who is still alive ... don't ask.)

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