Friday, February 26, 2016

Tips for Writing Sci-fi (part 5)

A vital aspect of a good sci-fi story is the moment your characters face a challenge. Sometimes the challenges your characters face are interpersonal, and sometimes the challenges are more tied to your plot. When you've established the world your characters live in, it's time to let your characters act out their personalities in that framework while dropping a few challenges in front of them and writing how they respond. Let your characters react to events and shape the plot itself, rather than rail-roading them down a pre-scripted path. Writing a story is actually a lot like playing a role-playing game, because players often do the most unpredictable things and end up with a story to tell that is even more exciting than you originally planned!

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