How to Write Science Fiction

How to Write Science Fiction

originated by:Princess of the Sea, 1guitarhero2, Anonymous, Maniac (see all)

  1. Find a general topic; this applies to any book. To write science fiction, you need to know a little about science fact, so search for your topic in modern science books, articles and magazines, or talk to a scientifically-inclined person. Write down anything interesting until you find the right topic for you.
  2. Ask yourself “What if?” Remember, this is fiction. Play off your main scientific topic, but you can get a little crazy with it. For example, science can’t really successfully clone humans yet, but what if it could?
  3. Decide what your main conflict will be: Man vs. Technology, Man vs. Man, etc. Aliens are probably the most popular enemy for science fiction books (and technology the most popular weapon against them), but don’t be afraid to step out of the box.
  4. Decide your setting and time period. Most science fiction happens in the near future and involves more than just planet earth, but there are lots of different types of science so don’t feel bound to this scenario. Remember to stay within the limits of the time period you choose–if you choose only five years into the future, for example, we probably haven’t developed flying cars yet.
  5. Choose your characters, then write your basic outline. If you’re not an outline person, then go ahead and dive into the first chapter or prologue. Good luck!

  6. Know the difference between science fiction and fantasy. Science fiction is more about about scientific occurrences that could happen in this world. Fantasy is about events that are impossible to happen in this world.
  7. Know the structure of a story. Stories have a structure with an initial incident, or starting struggle, that escalates into a “dark moment” in which all seems lost for the main character, and then turns into a climax followed by a resolution.
  8. Make sure you know what all of your characters want. Characters are driven by a goal, or want, and this should form the foundation of their behaviors. For instance, a character who wants to travel to a new existence may actually want to win the love and admiration of a fellow being, and the story plot will be driven by this double want.

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