Today I was at the Dungeons and Dragons evening and it was tons of fun. It was the first time doing that game since 20 long years ago and the first time that I'm playing a high charisma character. Going for a high charisma character is the hardest thing to do for me since I had to be good with words and show good leadership when needed. I had also make it even more difficult by choosing a chaotic neutral character. But I have fun playing my character and the D&D group is very nice.
I have been working on my stories and I discover that the type of sci-fi story I want to make also determines how I would design my characters and how I am gonna played them out. Mine seem to be quite complex because I'm incorporating fantasy ideas in a sci-fi environment. Or more like, the term magic being used as a unexplained science rather than as a power that simple exist for story's shake.
I love to pull this experiment, But I feel it must be done with great care. The only ones that I feel that manage to pull that off greatly are the writers of the Black Library. I was wondering how they manage to pull that off and I realize that they had based their sources on much older books way before the Black Library was formed. Right now I'm reading the Foundation and I will be soon reading Starship Troopers. I also have a hunch that Black Library also draw sources from the Dune books and the books from Jules Verne.
I realized that if I wanna create something "new" so to speak, I must first take a look in how the old ones had done it and see what kin of twist I can add to mine novels. However, it is also important that I ask myself on what kin of sci-fi I wanna make. It is a novel mostly based on exploration? Is it mostly based on a certain important question? Is it mostly based on the development of a character? Or is it mostly based on a situation?
So far, I have based my novels on the developments of two of my main characters and based the story on a third person perspective. When I was busy writing down the the first pages a few weeks ago I realized two things: One, the writings will always be based on the views and the actions the character is making and two, who the hell is the one that tells the story? It was the last question that was the most difficult to answer because I thought on that time that both of my two main characters had pretty complex past lives and both are the ones that don't like to tell much about themselves let alone tell a story about what they had been through. But than when I think about it I realize I need to start changing some things. Instead of creating complex loopings in my mind about who is gonna tell the story, why not exchange one of the two main characters for a character that is more of a talker and likes to tell a story? So, that is what I did.
There are so many things I add or change to my story. But the buttonline is, is that there comes a time that I have take the ideas that I find fitting and put them out as a story. Tomorrow I will just go for it and see if I can make something that is not only fun to read But also keeps it interesting. Might be that I send it to my few close friends before uploaded them here. I have enough good ideas, now I have to see if I'm willing to make choices and see where it goes.
Have a nice night.