Building a Story I

With my old stuff finally posted, its time to go back and focus on writing. In truth, I was really trying to give myself some extra time to finish planning out a series of blogs that link back to my writing process. I had a nagging thought in the back of my mind that I should give examples of my process to better show you the process in action. So now that I have managed to get enough done to move forward, you can look forward to a big series on seeing my writing process in action. As before, this process works for me. If you find something you like, use it. I won’t even ask for credit.

-Lucas

Previously, I recounted my way of developing an idea into something tangible that you can work with to begin writing you story. Now it is time to turn that theory into practice. We shall build a story together and watch it grow into something awesome.

My Dream Coming to Life

So the first step in our process (sneaky link provided in the header) is to decide what to write. Well, as you have seen by my previous stories, I’m a big ol’ fantasy lover, but I do like to think of myself as a well rounded geek with my love of all things sci-fi. For this little experiment, I thought I would venture away from my usual fantasy and delve into something I don’t write a lot about. Being outside my own comfort zone will force me to use my writing process a lot more in order to organize my thoughts into something workable.

Now that I know I’m writing sci-fi, it’s time to figure out what kind of sci-fi. What is covered under sci-fi genre? Well, sci-fi is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary, but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities.

The genre is so large and vast that I really could come up with a thousand different ideas. That doesn’t help me a whole lot so I need to narrow down my field of vision. With that in mind, I immediate think so what I like best in sci-fi and I can’t help but think of some of my favorite books, movies and shows such as Firefly, Aliens, Space: Above and Beyond, Wing Commander, Battle: Los Angeles, Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Ender’s Game, Starship Trooper, and so on and so on. By this short list, I lean towards future, space, and military topics. Not surprising really with my parents and brother being in the military.

So what can I do with future, space, and military? A lot really, which means my idea is still too broad. If I had to rank the points in terms of highest interest to lowest, I would go military, space, future. With this priority, I’m now starting to think of space marines pretty much nonstop, so that is what I will focus on. What makes a good marine story? Well, that is really in the eye of the beholder, but I think a lot of what makes military themed stories work is the band of brothers mentality, fighting against the odds and showing the human spirit. Acts of valor and bravery tends to inspire most people, myself included which will make it fun to write.

Now I know what I’m going to write about, space marines fighting against the odds to save the people they have sworn to protect and to try and keep each other alive against a very dangerous threat. I can work with that. My broad desire has now been focus down into a central core idea. From here I move on to building a workable story, but we will save that for the next blog.

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