Trying to write military science-fiction novel is NOT easy
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I've been trying to do research for military science-fiction and felt tired and annoyed. So I decided to focus on a completely different story that I have to put a lot of thought into. I can't deal with writing something that just feel damn near impossible. I understand that as writer I want to grow and try new things but I can't. So I am sticking to fantasy for the time being until I can figure out what to do. Far as what I am going to write next, I am still thinking about it but I think I'll write a novella. The only problem is choosing a good enough plot for it. I am also giving up on making my own version of GOT(Game of Thrones) too. I just wanted to get this off my chest and let you all know.


So I am giving up on writing a military science-fiction novel and sticking to something a little easier. I might go back to it but that won't be until much later. Sorry if this thread seems pointless but I had to come out and mention it.

So I am going to write a novella and focus on a plot for the time being.


Got any advice for me?

Enjoy!!!

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Howdy.

Good luck on the novella. I'm currently working on my own novella. Mine is sword and sorcery stuff.

However, I also have a few sci-fi military stories.

My advice: When you absolutely cannot think of a motivation for a character or to drive plot - money. Money always has and always will make the world go 'round.

Be glad to take a look at your stuff from time to time, if you need a critique. If you'd be more comfortable on a website, try Scribophile.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Howdy.

Good luck on the novella. I'm currently working on my own novella. Mine is sword and sorcery stuff.

However, I also have a few sci-fi military stories.

My advice: When you absolutely cannot think of a motivation for a character or to drive plot - money. Money always has and always will make the world go 'round.

Be glad to take a look at your stuff from time to time, if you need a critique. If you'd be more comfortable on a website, try Scribophile.


Quick question: How many chapters does a novella have? I ask this because this will be my first one ever.
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As many chapters as it takes.

Seriously, just step out of that box for a moment.

Write. Just write. A single sentence chapter? Been done before.

If you go over your word count, congrats, you have a novel!

If you go under, congrats, you have a short story!

Chill out and write, homie. Just chill out and write.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

As many chapters as it takes.

Seriously, just step out of that box for a moment.

Write. Just write. A single sentence chapter? Been done before.

If you go over your word count, congrats, you have a novel!

If you go under, congrats, you have a short story!

Chill out and write, homie. Just chill out and write. :D


I was only wondering because I was going to give my novella fifteen chapters each 2000-3000 words long. Is that alright?
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Just write, homie.

Seriously, to answer your question, 2500 x 15 is 37,000. So, you still fall within novella range.

But, don't limit yourself like that.

My first chapter has 2300 words. second has 6500 words. And, if by accident, I go over 40,000 I end up with a novel instead. I can't lose.

Just write, homie. You're caught up on the things that matter the least.

From least important to most important:

Word count - because even short stories have a place in this world.

Plot - I know this sounds terrible, but there is no original plot. The Lion King is a Hamlet remake. 10 Things I Hate About You is a retelling of Taming of The Shrew. You can literally pull a plot from an older piece and rework it to fit your characters and setting. It ain't cheating, darling, it's writing.

Prose - Arguably important, but can be overlooked for a great story.

Cool Shit - Things that make your story both yours and enjoyable is pretty important.

Characterization - Arguably the most important thing in any story.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Just write, homie.

Seriously, to answer your question, 2500 x 15 is 37,000. So, you still fall within novella range.

But, don't limit yourself like that.

My first chapter has 2300 words. second has 6500 words. And, if by accident, I go over 40,000 I end up with a novel instead. I can't lose.

Just write, homie. You're caught up on the things that matter the least.

From least important to most important:

Word count - because even short stories have a place in this world.

Plot - I know this sounds terrible, but there is no original plot. The Lion King is a Hamlet remake. 10 Things I Hate About You is a retelling of Taming of The Shrew. You can literally pull a plot from an older piece and rework it to fit your characters and setting. It ain't cheating, darling, it's writing.

Prose - Arguably important, but can be overlooked for a great story.

Cool Shit - Things that make your story both yours and enjoyable is pretty important.

Characterization - Arguably the most important thing in any story.


Alright.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:


From least important to most important:

Word count - because even short stories have a place in this world.

Plot - I know this sounds terrible, but there is no original plot. The Lion King is a Hamlet remake. 10 Things I Hate About You is a retelling of Taming of The Shrew. You can literally pull a plot from an older piece and rework it to fit your characters and setting. It ain't cheating, darling, it's writing.

Prose - Arguably important, but can be overlooked for a great story.

Cool Shit - Things that make your story both yours and enjoyable is pretty important.

Characterization - Arguably the most important thing in any story.


This, with two notes:

First, on plot - things like that are marketed as such. 10 Things is supposed to be "The Taming of the Shrew, in high school". That said, you can borrow plots from older things (and even if you completely take the plot of a new thing, it's unlikely anyone will try to stop you, and most people won't even notice).

Second, on "Cool things" - it has to be things that are cool for you. There's no such thing as objectively cool.

If you're a military geek who loves the technical manuals of Gundam, write military sci-fi. If you aren't into that stuff, don't. Write what you think is cool. For me, it's long-haired pretty boys in pretty clothes. Don't feel pressured to put things in your story if you aren't into them.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:


From least important to most important:

Word count - because even short stories have a place in this world.

Plot - I know this sounds terrible, but there is no original plot. The Lion King is a Hamlet remake. 10 Things I Hate About You is a retelling of Taming of The Shrew. You can literally pull a plot from an older piece and rework it to fit your characters and setting. It ain't cheating, darling, it's writing.

Prose - Arguably important, but can be overlooked for a great story.

Cool Shit - Things that make your story both yours and enjoyable is pretty important.

Characterization - Arguably the most important thing in any story.


This, with two notes:

First, on plot - things like that are marketed as such. 10 Things is supposed to be "The Taming of the Shrew, in high school". That said, you can borrow plots from older things (and even if you completely take the plot of a new thing, it's unlikely anyone will try to stop you, and most people won't even notice).

Second, on "Cool things" - it has to be things that are cool for you. There's no such thing as objectively cool.

If you're a military geek who loves the technical manuals of Gundam, write military sci-fi. If you aren't into that stuff, don't. Write what you think is cool. For me, it's long-haired pretty boys in pretty clothes. Don't feel pressured to put things in your story if you aren't into them.


Okay.
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