I decided to write a science fiction book.
Wait, go back.
“You decided to do what?”
That was the reaction from most of my friends and family. I gave the science fiction book series a name, Lore of Energy and Light®. By mid-2018, I was feverishly writing the chapters.
After a few chapters were written, I approached my dear friend and science fiction book fan Alice Dengler to read the early draft. She humoured me. Alice was very supportive. Looking back now, what I wrote was abysmal, yet Alice somehow managed to see through the poor grammar, typos and thin story-line. She saw potential. Alice gave me the confidence to keep writing and turn a thin plot into a rich universe. It has been just over a year since I confided in her; I have no regrets!
Throughout 2018 I have proudly told friends, “I am writing a science fiction book.” That statement has been met with overwhelming positivity. I was surprised at just how many closet science fiction fans I had amongst my lawyer, doctor, and business mates. Now the pressure is on. It’s time to get the book done, polish the manuscript and look to get published.
Anatomy of a science fiction book
In the early days I had no idea what it meant to write a book. I had given little thought to how the story would be delivered, or who the characters would be. For this science fiction book I had to create a unique way to use certain punctuation marks. For example, I combined brackets (parentheses) with quotation marks to denote communication between characters transmitted in thought. That sounds simple, but at the time it was an obstacle that stopped the writing process.
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When it comes to writing style, readers will note the inclusion of some old-English phrasing and words. I really liked this. It adds another layer of authenticity to the story and is a great juxtaposition to science fiction book lingo. It is just another way to immerse the reader.
By the way, I think there is a HUGE difference between words written on the page and how they actually sound when read aloud. Some sentences look fine in print, but that is not how someone reads a science fiction book. Readers hear the characters speak in their head, and they hear the narrator (sometimes in their own voice, and sometimes other voices.) My advice – write your book to be read aloud. Your book will read better in the long run.
Science fiction book characters
If the name of a character does not feel right, I cannot write them. A name gives you a mental image of a character’s body, demeanour and personality. I keep a backlog of spare character names. Yep, my mind spits out weird and wonderful names often. So I just write them down and hope that one day the right character comes along that fits the name – or that the name inspires a new character (which is often the case).
There it is – my journey thus far. My life forever changed when I uttered the words, “I have decided to write a science fiction book.”