Date: Mar 07, 2015 07:43 am Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
I love scifi/fantasy! I usually stick to fics who remain in the real world though because its hard to create a whole new world and make it believable.
I have a vampire fic and I drew all of my vampire dynamics from True Blood and Vampire Diaries. (Even the main character lol). Vampire Diaries is hands down my favorite TV show there is so much drama and so many crazy twists.
I will say for those of you who want to try the Bodyguard. It's a very very very slow progressing story because not much of what's going to happen later own will make sense if you don't know the background. I already have a sequel outlined for it. But it'll be 55 chapters long. The later chapters are going to get better. So don't hurry and think you need to read it right away. lol
Okay, I'll hold off, lol. I think vampire fics have much a greater potential to be sexy than other forms of fantasy.
Date: Mar 07, 2015 05:50 am Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
Don't I know.. when I see authors with more and they have their fics updated monthly amazes me.but thankfully one of mine will wrap up in a few more chapters so it shouldn't be too long.
I think there are mulitple factors:
-other things going on in one's life
-how readily the ideas are on one's mind
-the degree of preparation done beforehand (some post quickly but then need to completely alter stuff)
-where writing is on one's priority list (e.g. is it before RPing, commenting on others' stories, shopping on Amazon, etc)
I could write 5,000 words in a work day or over multiple days. It really depends on those factors.
Date: Mar 06, 2015 07:46 pm Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
Lmao, you have never lied Redone.
It was just silly temptation but yes, I don't disagree, I am at my limit. Scratch that I'm over an average limit.
And yeah I agree about the more you read a genre the better you'll be writing that genre. One thing about that though is my favorite (number 1) Author of all time is V.C. Andrews and I don't mean her ghost books, I mean her orignals. But anyway her books always contain incest. In her story the main girl is always conceived by incest and partakes in incest even AFTER finding out. I noticed that after I got through a good two series from her. The only thing I dislike about it is the beginnings are so predictable, because they all contain the parents (either one or both) dying and the main girl being sent of to live with relatives she never knew of (often times they are filthy rich).
Other than that I find her as a good author. Very orginal, creative, and she's very good at describing things. I guess that's what I really love.
I'm going to try out The Bodyguard too. Hopefully I'll have some time tomorrow since it's Saturday.
But who are your favorite authors? (Not on this site).
Incest is a no-go area for me. I've seen it too much IRL and the repercussions are just.....saddening. Incest is often transgenerational, just as is trauma. People repeat what they know :( With regard to fiction, that brings "When She Hollers" to mind. Your comment about originality, creativity, and vibrancy reminds me of "She's Come Undone"...though the plot is very different.Shoot, now you have me wanting to reread about a dozen books...
Some of my favorite authors: Wally Lamb, Erin Morgenstern (*excellent* fantasy novelist), Alan Bradley (I smile the entire time I read his books), JK Rowling (lol), George Orwell, John Irving, Kate Atkinson, Tana French, Tracey Chevalier, Philippa Gregory (particularly the Wideacre trilogy), a smattering of the early gothic novelists, and some other specific books. I'm sure that I'm missing an author. Hell, I'm not even giving mind to the books I read in elementary/middle school (e.g. John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, etc)
Date: Mar 06, 2015 07:18 pm Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
Well besides my 2 WIPs for MJFiction I also have 2 anime related ones in progress over at fanfiction.net..so that would make 4 I am trying to give equal attention to.
4 stories at once is a lot to balance!
Date: Mar 06, 2015 03:47 pm Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
Honestly? I've always wanted to put one of my sci-fi fanfics down on this site but I'm scared it'll be disliked since I've never (and I mean never) branched off from Romance and Drama fanfics. In my years of FF none of my sci-fi fanfics have ever hit the internet. I've only ever come up with two of them, though.
But after reading this I was just tempted to post mine just to see what I could do, but then again fear strikes so I'm totally cool on it, lol. I might change my mind, but for now I think I'll just stick to my Drama and Romance.
The picture with MJ smiling with the headphones: I just find that soooo cute. You're right it did catch my attention!
Research helps; in my sci-fi thing the planet works just like earth does but of course you have the strict government (districts) and supernatural powers. Like you said its nice to have relateable things in there so I thought mixing the real world with some nonrealistic aspects would make a very good planet or dystopia.
You could say that the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Match had a lot of inspiration for my sci-fi fanfic and then mix that with my own imagination and bam.
But on here I haven't really got into any sci-fi stories... YET. The Bodyguard is calling my name, but I'm waiting until I have time to read it and not have to stop.
Scratch that, I have gotten into Let Them All Materialize by Lenetta16... but that's pretty much it.
I guess you have to have a passion for sci-fi to see yourself actually write one, huh? Maybe that's why I haven't.
Brandy - Remember, you are at your limit for the number of FFs you can juggle at once!
The ones I've gotten into have been Aschmuck's....and I think that is it. I've read some others, but I end up stopping because ....well, I don't want to rant. I should try The Bodyguard. I think the same is true about sci-fi as is about romance or drama or comedy: the more you read it, the better the chance that you will be successful at it.
Date: Mar 06, 2015 08:02 am Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
I understand. Would love to update more often and hope to once one of my other WIPs are complete.
The AU setting can apply to Maestro fics, but I also meant any supernatural setting like if the author decides to be creative and make Michael any supernatural being like a vampire, a warlock, a demon, elemental, sorcerer, etc.
How many stories are you working on at once?
Date: Mar 05, 2015 09:32 pm Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
Sci-Fi is one of my fav genres to read,watch, learn about. One of my all time fav Authors is Octavia Butler. She's incredible at all the things you've listed above. Creating relatable worlds with enough reality that it would pull you in.
I've tried my hand at sci-fi writing. I began to write a story called "The Boy Who Would Be King" about Michael being from another planet and he's brought to earth by a caretaker as a baby and is given to Katherine and Joseph to raise after his real patents are killed in an interstellar battle. After a while they return for him to fulfill his destiny. I wanted to have it published as a graphic novel which I was going to illustrate but I never finished the story:((( I changed his name to Peter but I would have illustrated him as Michael. (I should find it...lol). Everything in the story was real world until Michael starts to get beckoned by his extratersetrial caretaker.
I also did one I posted here called 'The Time' it starts off like a period piece but the events evolve into Scifi/real world. (You may have to read it to catch the drift lol). I employed a lot of what I learned from Octavia in my writing both "The Time" and "The Boy Who Would Be King" which as I said before encompasses most of your points. Outlining what I wanted to happen made it so much easier.
The culture is mos def important. Tone and Langage is crucial( for me at least). The writer has to differentiate when dealing with outer worldly or supernatural beings we can't expect the to relate like we humans do. (Unless they where human at one point)
While the Thriller/Ghosts premise has a great storyline, I would love to see writers stretch their imagination beyond those two worlds.
"Go easy on the cliches"A big YES!!! In any genre. It just makes the story seem corny unless it's purposeful and it's well placed in a comedy.
Right now I enjoy "The BodyGuard" by HoneyToTheBee and AtMJsHouse was writing one called "The Darkone" but she hasn't Updated it in a while :(((
Great post! Very thorough! Research! Your fav word!
Research is simply a word that is so applicable to writing of any kind. It can ground the most unbelievable plot and make it believable by giving it a solid base. The think with sci-fi/fantasy in particular, is that if it is based in science, one must actually understand the science. If it is based in an already developed book/tv show/movie, it must be consistent with that point of reference. When an author decides to take too many creative liberties, he/she alienates anyone who is very familiar with that frame of reference.
Tone and language are definitely important aspects of infusing culture and strengthening the POV.
I partly agree about Thriller/Ghosts. I think it would be nice to see people try completely different paths with these. I've seen some very creative takes on these, and some very repetive ones. I'm actually surprised that more haven't made Scream into a sci-fi fic.
Thanks :) I was rather concerned about this one...as I said, sci-fi is generally not my cup of tea. So often there is a gap in the writing that just destroys my ability to believe the story.
Date: Mar 05, 2015 08:53 pm Title: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy - Material Added
most of my fics have been family oriented (one with a touch of romance) but right now my newest work in progress fic is fantasy--about Maestro to be exact. Was worried I would screw up at it since it's my first attempt at a supernatural Mike fic but so far it isn't too complicated..not to mention I love supernatural beings..besides Twilight, etc, anime influences can also be used (although there are some series that don't have supernatural at all) and that's what I will use to aide with any supernatural fic I do (without being a rip off, of course)
With Michael's character Maestro, this is a few instances where one can get away with really building the character, particularly when details are open to interpretation, as not much is known about Maestro except that he likes scaring people for fun, he is mysterious and anyone who dares to test his patience won't like the result..what I am doing is giving him traits of the real Michael here and there. For instance, him being a sweetheart when people get to know him.
AU really works here, for example if someone wants to have him as non-famous because then it would be difficult to reveal his identity(whatever he is) to the public without him being called crazy or something. and only so long he would be able to keep underwraps. Also an author can get away with making him evil here as well, whether he is kidnapping, telling his victim he would steal their soul, locking them in a basement or dungeon, things like that..it's up to the author whether they want to have him be utterly defeated or for him to gradually turn into the kind, caring soul..because I have a thing for villains who turn good so I prefer the latter. you're absolutely right, research is essential to make these kinds of fics work
Oh, I wanted to let you know that I'm not trying to snub your stories by not reading them. Ghostly Attraction looks provocative - I'm just really hesitant to get invested when you update on alternate months.
I think I'm an outlier re:Twilight. I stopped after a couple chapters because I found her writing style to be choppy and disappointing.
I think by nature of a fic being sci-fi/fantasy, it becomes AU. Or are you referring specifically to Maestro?
Thanks for chiming in :)