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March 23, 2015

Science Fiction, Anyone?

These days, fantasy, horror, and science fiction novels are flooding the market, and they’re flying off the book shelves.

Science fiction or fantasy is always a good bet for an experienced writer to try because the versatility of the genre affords the writer the opportunity to create new worlds far beyond our wildest imaginations and go “where man has never gone before.”

But to write good science fiction, a genre which I have not tackled yet except in a few short stories, you need to know five basic rules that will help you create a winner that your readers will love.

Is SF all rockets and ray guns? Far from it. Here are some ideas that you need to incorporate into your manuscript to write a best-selling thriller:

1. Pick contemporary themes and/or take off for the future: readers are always interested in what might happen next year, next decade, next century. Show them what might just happen a hundred years from now, good or bad.
2. Read, read, read: consume all the science fiction you can and learn the lingo. Words like “dilithium crystals” and “flux matrices” will captivate your audience far beyond a vocabulary that uses words like “salt” or “swinging doors,” a vocabulary that comes from the 18th Century.
3. Study the subgenres: there isn’t just one SF genre. You’ll discover that when you go to the library and start your research. You’ll find space travel, genies in magic worlds, time travel, and the like, and ALL of them are interwoven with scientific facts that make the story plausible.
4. Add the “what if” factor to your plot: do you want your readers on the edge of their seat and turning the next page at the end of each chapter? Then use the “what if” factor. What if the sun would stop shining? What if San Francisco would disappear? What if clocks started ticking backwards? It’s your call to develop a wild plot with impossible situations that your characters must face, and they’ll not always be on a spaceship!
5. Study and write scientifically: of course, you don’t need a degree in astronomy, but you should know basic facts about your subject matter. To make your story believable and keep your reader with you, you must have cause-and-effect connections between actions and relationships. Things happen for a reason, even if your new world rotates vertically and snowflakes are blue. You’ve got to have a reason why and be convincing about it.

So, there you have it. Get your wild idea on paper and take off for the other end of the universe!

 

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Meet the Author: Margi Evans

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“I was born with manure in my blood and ink in my veins.”

That’s what Margi Evans would tell you if you were chatting with her over a cup of coffee. Seemingly from birth she wanted to ride horses and then write stories about horses. She grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and began taking riding lessons as an eight-year-old. As a young teen, she was able to get her own horse, which she supported by babysitting and cleaning houses. Pony Club was a great blessing in her life as the instructors were donating their time…a price she could afford. She also learned horsemanship through that organization. She loved competing in the regional pony club rallies with her team.

Was Margi a Writer All Her Life?

“After graduating from Oregon State University, I married my high school sweetheart then spent five years teaching at the high school and junior high levels. I had to put aside my riding and my desire to write until the last of our five children entered first grade. When Nick went to his first day of school, I had three appointments to ride horses that were for sale!”

Rearing her children was a creative experience all its own, so she didn’t mind saving the stories that she had in her head. She coached Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination teams for seventeen years so that her children could participate. She had “drawing days,” “reading time,” and “family field trips” while her kids were growing up.

“Eventually,” Margi says, “I did find time to write. My first books were non-fiction equestrian trail guide books titled: Riding Colorado and Riding Colorado II.” She is currently working on Riding Colorado III, loving to explore new trails in Colorado where she currently lives.

Margi’s Latest Writing Adventure

Margi has always been an avid fantasy reader, so with the 2011 release of the Mist Trilogy Volume 1: Behind the Mist, Volume 2: Mists of Darkness to be released in January 2013 but available now on her website, and The Rising Mist, a work-in-progress, she has been able to combine her love for horses with her love of fantasy. These values-laden stories for middle grade and young adult readers tell of noble and great horses that become unicorns in their after-life. Laced with spiritual meaning, one reviewer compared her to C.S. Lewis, a great compliment to any writer.

 

Margi’s fantasy books are available at www.behindthemist.com or wherever books are sold.

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