31 August 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 31 Creativity
Announcement: My novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness are about to be published. I write this blog about 2 months prior to its publication. I just heard that the proofs will be here soon--likely before the end of the week. My publisher also wants to put the entire set of novels based on Aegypt on contract--that's 5 more novels for 8 total. They also want to put my other novels on contract. The release schedule should be one novel every 2 months. I'll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:
1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.
Science and writing creativity will put you on the science fiction map. Is this really difficult? Yeah, it seems to be. There is way too much science fiction (so called) that is neither scientific or creative. This is what I meant when I wrote that the world doesn't need another knock off Star Trek or Star Wars. Neither is based in science, and when someone reuses the idea, it isn't creative anymore.
I already wrote about science. You must understand science if you want to write science fiction. Creative science fiction is something entirely different. There was a pun there. Creativity and science are the necessary ingredients for science fiction.
Creativity doesn't mean crazy-weird. Crazy-weird was the norm for some "so called" science fiction during the 1970 and 80s. Creativity means developing a unique and new idea that is your own and applying it in a science fiction theme, characters, and plot.
Also remember, I'm trying to show you and give you examples of how to write a science fiction theme statement and turn it into a plot.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: