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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 32 more Creativity

1 September 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 32 more 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

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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website and select "production schedule," you will be sent to

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.

The point of science fiction is science creativity.  A science fiction author builds worlds and universes designed around future science.  In the 1800s, science fiction was about utopias and exploration.  In the early 1900s, science fiction was about the end of the world, exploring imagined solar system aliens, and rays.  The middle 1900s brought healthy creativity of psyonics and the true blossoming of fiction mixed with science.  The late 1900s saw technologies barely predicted in science or fiction.  We are in the beginning of the 21st century and science fiction has moved a little too much to fantasy instead of science.

It does no good for science or fiction to look too much to the past for creativity.  Certainly any science fiction writer should immerse him or herself in the science fiction of the past to see what has been written and how great science fiction is written, but science fiction, like technology, is constantly changing and constantly exploring.  Greatness in this genre means predicting, anticipating, or just developing science concepts and populating them with science fiction settings and characters.  This is why I went through the whole beginning of turning a science fiction theme into science fiction characters, settings, and plots.  The trick is then to design for creativity in science and theme.

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, and my individual novel websites:

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