Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tips for Writing Sci-fi (part 4)

In addition to characters, a successful sci-fi story has great world-building. Why is everything the way it is? What do people wear now, what vehicles do they drive, what weapons do they use? What is the government of this sci-fi world like, and what were things like before? Include information about the history of your world or universe to explain, or at least imply (because world building can go on forever if you're not careful) why things are the way they are in your story. Decide on how far-future your world is, and if it's far beyond what we know now, you're going to have to spend more time explaining things. Be careful not to linger there too long, though, because people really are most interested in your characters.

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