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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:35 AM

I have a Sci-fi world in my head, I just need to get it on paper.

I've wanted to write a Sci-fi story for a couple years now, but I have not had the ambition to do it, it's just seems so daunting and intimidating.

I've been strongly inspired by the Orion's Arm Universe Project and Asimov's Foundation novels. This Sci-Fi world is set around 2,500 years from now. The world has warp drives (I generally hate "Handwavium", but FTL travel is necessary for the world I want to work socially, politically, militarily, and economically), and "post-human" beings far more intelligent than we can even comprehend influencing the direction of societies from behind the scenes.

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Reply I have a Sci-fi world in my head, I just need to get it on paper. (Original post)
Odin2005 Dec 2011 OP
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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:43 AM

1. Remember FTL might actually be possible

If a few things come together with string. Oh and warp...just be careful, star trek is vicious in tm protection...that said, theoretically it might be possible. There is this pesky problem of how much energy it requires...at least the latest equations are just all energy in the universe, not more that exists in the universe. Read on Alcubierre and his mostly hobby work on this.

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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 01:02 AM

2. Don't wait too long, it might become history.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 09:16 AM

3. Keep a steno pad next to the bed. When you get a thought, jot it down.

 

Don't worry about order, or anything else at that point - just write. Write down character names, relationships to others, attributes, segments of dialog, general narrative, story lines, anything keeping you awake thinking about it. A small desk lamp is helpful if you have an S.O. you don't want to bother with overhead or back lights.

When you have the story well-developed - just type it in free-form without concern for editing. At some point, print the entire thing out, 3-hole punch it, and use bookrings to hold it together so you can flip the pages around easily. Use various colored highlighters and pens and make a key as to what each one means (for speed - green means delete, red - revise, blue - move, etc.) Use letter codes for moving (Move to "A" on page X) and put an "A" with an arrow on page X with an arrow to the insertion point.

Revise, revise, revise - and that mostly means deleting unnecessary shit. You'll be surprised by how much you can get into the story if it has been in your mind for a long time. Use the word count feature to track your progress. Bare minimum if you're going for an agent is about 50K words. There's also Kindle to consider. Just be sure to get at least one person to proof read it at least twice (once to catch your really stupid mistakes and a second time after you've fixed them).

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