I’m actually involved in the writing of a sci-fi novel and I came out with the greater enlightenment that a writer could have.
When you start creating a story, the plot seems to have its own life.
Everything starts with a small embryo, the basilar structure of something that will hopefully be bigger.
Then, word after word, you start to get ideas and external incitements and then you discover that even the smaller one can have a place in the plot itself.
And, even though this idea came out of thin air, and could seem like totally unrelated to the story, eventually, it will
Here is some example to let you understand what I mean:
Example 1 – In the plot, I need a black hole for a scientific mumbo jumbo stuff.
I need the ship to get as closer as possible in order to apply some time paradox things like in Interstellar.
The problem is that there is no way or meaning for the crew to reach a black hole.
After months I got this vision of a planet is orbiting a black hole as its own star, they even look at it with reverence.
While the scene digs inside my head I think: Wait, I do have a black hole.
Example 2 – I need one of the characters to have a certain type of relationship with artificial intelligence but, in my mind, I don’t have clear what kind of AI this will be.
Then I have another idea totally unrelated: on an alien planet, they are making experiments about artificial intelligence and this suits the planet they are reaching.
Again, I found a way to merge two totally unrelated ideas into a bigger and more profitable one.
It is like the story is really trying to create itself, to grow inside your mind and then on the already written document.
And let me say: This is fucking amazing.
Ideas – The bricks of progress and future
Being a writer, I always need ways to improve my writing skills and, since I discovered the voice typing software on google docs I abuse it.
Sometimes is better to write a short post because that is the longness of your concept and is unwisely trying to damage your thoughts with useless words.