How to Write an Engaging Sci-Fi Book: 7 Super-Tips to Follow

7 Tips to Write Sci-Fi Books

Have you ever read a science fiction book so good you wish you were a part of it, playing the lead role, solving mysteries or battling aliens from outer space? If yes, then all of that is the genius of the writer. They are the ones making those characters, the intricate plot you so want to solve. A well-written science fiction book makes you mesmerized, and it compels you to marvel at the story. A brilliant author creates revolutionary sci-fi characters like Darth Vader from Star Wars, a legendary villain, and Marty McFly from Back to The Future, a charismatic protagonist.

Being an exceptional science-fiction writer requires inquisitive imagination, engaging plot development and extraordinary writing skills. Here, we will be sharing seven tips to enhance your writing skills to write a sci-fi read:

  1. Question Everything in Your Book

Every author has a particular way of planning out how to start a book. Some like to create a world initially and then fill it with characters. Some work on their character’s arc before focusing on the larger picture. You might be tempted to go with either of them. But in fact, it would be preferred to begin with both in parallel. Create your character arcs as you develop your world. Question everything about the characters and the world. Why is my hero sad all the time? Why is my world ruled by Martians? The more you answer your own questions, the better your plot and characters would develop.

  1. Take it One Book at a Time

This point needs to be noted if you are thinking about writing a science fiction book series. You must focus on one book at a time instead of worrying about what to do with the sequel. Develop your narrative logically in a way that maps the whole storyline together. Set small milestones for your book and develop characters, their motives, allies and foes with each stop (if necessary). Stop worrying about your next book because the readers are only interested in the book they would be reading currently.

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  1. Make the Characters and Story Relatable to the Readers

The best science fiction books have one thing in common: relatability. It shouldn’t mean your characters and story have to be stereotypical and monotonous. The characters should be innovative, have flaws and are not too overpowered. They should still connect to us, in some way or another. The readers can invest more into the book this way, and it makes for a thought-provoking read as well. The best sci-fi book characters like Dave Bowman from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Bo Dennis from Lost Girl, are all likeable and relatable characters.

  1. Unravel Your Main Lead’s Personality and Motives

Show the readers your main lead’s traits, motives and personality. A motive builds a path for moulding a strong main hero. This will, in turn, make for a good sci-fi book. Describe your hero’s every action. If he’s suffering from hysteria, what was the reason behind it? If your character wants to rob 100 million dollars from the bank, what is his motive? Be elaborate, use splendid adjectives and write with flair.

  1. Consistency is Key When Writing Science-Fiction

Consistency is essential when writing a science fiction novel. The gravest sin you could make while writing a sci-fi book would be to deviate from the rules set by yourself. Everything that flows in your story should make sense. You could develop the personality of your characters, change their motives halfway through, or even create alternative worlds if the storyline permits so. But you cannot insert illogical subplots and give irrational justifications for it. Stay within the rules of the universe your book is set in.

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  1. Explore Different Places in Your Story

Nobody wants to read a sci-fi book set in the same mundane world as their own. Readers look forward to reading the opposite of that, they want to get mesmerized and awe-struck by the sci-fi world. They want to be swept away into the realms of sorcery and madness. Try creating a world a reader has never seen before. Remember Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? I bet you’d never heard about a chocolate factory as huge and remarkable as that. Writing a sci-fi book depends on your imagination. Who knows, you might be the next J.K. Rowling!

  1. Write a Jaw-Dropping Climax

The best science fiction books blow their readers away with a brilliant climax. The climax is the midpoint of the book filled with tension, drama, speculation and thrill. As a reader, the climax is the most remembered aspect of the novel. For a sci-fi book, it’s even more important because the story has already gripped its readers and they are hungry for an impactful end. Some of the best climaxes keep you in a dazzled state for weeks. If the end of the book makes its readers go “WOW,” this means you’ve successfully written an impactful science fiction book.

 

We hope you learned something new to enhance your writing skills from our list of tips to write a sci-fi read. Good luck with writing your latest sci-fi book!

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8 Ways to Become a Better English Writer

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We are all aware of the importance of English language and can’t emphasize more on its prominence. Being a global language, it is one of the most read, written and spoken language in the world. English literature has always produced renowned writers and writing is no less than an art.

Let’s discuss some major points that will enable you to better in English Writing and get a hold of this art.

Read, read and read:

This is one of the simplest and the go to step for those who want to excel in English writing. The formula is simple, you need to read, read and read, if you want to become a good writer. Consume as much language as you can, for it is going to serve as the basis of your writing skills.

Read whatever you like, pick up a book, magazine, newspaper or anything of your choice or select any blog posts. Read anything, but make sure that you read a lot.

Write a lot:

You must be aware of the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’, it stands perfectly true for writing. Writing is a skill and it can be perfected like any other skill. Write daily and make it a habit of yours and set goals for yourself to improve every day.

Just enjoy your writing and write about different things, change genres periodically. Initially you won’t be able to come up with lengthy articles and essays but keep on going even if you are writing a few lines. A title and a small paragraph would do it, but never stop writing.

Don’t hustle into things, be patient. Improvement will come with every passing day. Get your juices flowing, think, come up, innovate and throw your thoughts on the paper without thinking about the quality. Just keep going.

Don’t bother learning grammar or vocabulary:

If you aren’t a grammar expert, it can be a blessing in disguise, after all you are still learning. Although, some people may not agree with this idea. When in process, don’t bother about the perfect, error free grammar or trying to use the most polished words as it can hamper your flow and thought process.

What you need to do is to read your favourite blogs, books, eBooks or whatever and note down the phrases and words that attract you. Search for their meaning and pay attention to how they are used in the sentence.

When you start practicing writing, try to use the exact phrase appropriately, doing this a few times will mean that you’ve understood its meaning and know how to use it. After sometime you can write it naturally without even thinking about it.

Just go however you want:

In the initial phases of learning how to write, you don’t have to follow a certain template. Just go however you want and express your thoughts wildly. After sometime, start using some basic writing templates when you start writing something new.

For instance this article, is a list template, which enlists all the important points under headings etc.

Consult friends and family:

Sometimes it becomes hard to judge one’s own writing, that’s where friends and family can help. Everyone has a person in his family or friends list who’s English writing is better than them. Ask them to have a look at your piece of writing and give feedback.

Outer eye perspective is great for your writings and will let you know about your weaknesses and strengths.

Keep in touch with bloggers and writers:

Whatever you are writing, it’s quite likely that someone else is also doing the same. Get in touch with them through emails or social media. Be friends with them and ask for their feedback, tips and tricks to do better.

Most bloggers are kind enough to lend a helping hand and do it quite happily.

Educate yourself:

Apart from all the points discussed above, you need to learn from successful writers who lead the market. Subscribe to their blogs, read their books and grasp the ideas of how they engage the reader. Find out how they put creativity into their work, how they maintain the flow and lots more.

Bonus tip:

One tip that you will really find interesting and which readily improves English is watching movies, listening to English news, watching sports and listening to its commentary. Entertainment and education at the same time. Isn’t it great? You can grasp English language while having some quality time with family and friends.

Try it, it really works.

Conclusion:

If you aren’t a native English writer and reading this article then you know that it isn’t difficult to write well in English. But success doesn’t come over night and you have to wait and be patient until you reach that point where you want to be.

Be committed and give your best, don’t shy away from the challenges and slowly and gradually you will be there, where you want to be, now.