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qualeshia3 wrote:

Or I can try and make the novel less of a military sci-fi and more fantasy with some sci-fi elements.


One of the things I commonly do in SF is have my main characters just generally clueless about the details... not because I can't explain them, but because hardly anybody reading it gives a damn. It's like a balancing act between science FICTION and science FANTASY, where you don't want to handwave it and say "it just works" - but you also don't want to write forty pages about the underlying theory. So you have your protagonist say something vague and then admit he doesn't really understand it, and it makes him sound like a real person. Most people use things all day long that they don't really understand.


Okay.
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Let's be honest here, I think all of us had at least tried once to do the imfamous Black Butler chocolate curry buns. Just to realize 30 minutes in that you don't even know how to make curry period, let alone try something as grand and outragous as that. By 1 hour in, I had a mysterious spicy lump of something that was totally ineatable. Ended up having to scrap the entire dish and make grilled cheese with green olives, one of my few kitchen experiments that accually worked.

There was also the time I tried to make a Twisted Fate cosplay in 6 months on a budget. So I stopped shaving so I could grow my chin hair out into a fine beard. 5 months passed and i had just got enough for a 6-o-clock shadow... So not only did I have a skill fail, but I also overestimated my own biological functions. And beard trimming skills... It was such a disaster that I went with plan b, my Scout cosplay from Halloween.

If there is something you can learn from me, it is this.
Ambition does not mix well with lack of ability.
Stick with what you do know, and work your way slowly up from there.
Do NOT try something new when you are working with guests.
And always have a plan B. Can't ever go wrong with grilled cheese with green olives (yum:D)
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Lance_Clemings wrote:

Let's be honest here, I think all of us had at least tried once to do the imfamous Black Butler chocolate curry buns. Just to realize 30 minutes in that you don't even know how to make curry period, let alone try something as grand and outragous as that. By 1 hour in, I had a mysterious spicy lump of something that was totally ineatable. Ended up having to scrap the entire dish and make grilled cheese with green olives, one of my few kitchen experiments that accually worked.

There was also the time I tried to make a Twisted Fate cosplay in 6 months on a budget. So I stopped shaving so I could grow my chin hair out into a fine beard. 5 months passed and i had just got enough for a 6-o-clock shadow... So not only did I have a skill fail, but I also overestimated my own biological functions. And beard trimming skills... It was such a disaster that I went with plan b, my Scout cosplay from Halloween.

If there is something you can learn from me, it is this.
Ambition does not mix well with lack of ability.
Stick with what you do know, and work your way slowly up from there.
Do NOT try something new when you are working with guests.
And always have a plan B. Can't ever go wrong with grilled cheese with green olives (yum:D)


Alright.
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everything i do is a mistake

thx for asking

good luck with ur writing
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Sogno- wrote:

everything i do is a mistake

thx for asking

good luck with ur writing


Thanks.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


cdarklock wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Or I can try and make the novel less of a military sci-fi and more fantasy with some sci-fi elements.


One of the things I commonly do in SF is have my main characters just generally clueless about the details... not because I can't explain them, but because hardly anybody reading it gives a damn. It's like a balancing act between science FICTION and science FANTASY, where you don't want to handwave it and say "it just works" - but you also don't want to write forty pages about the underlying theory. So you have your protagonist say something vague and then admit he doesn't really understand it, and it makes him sound like a real person. Most people use things all day long that they don't really understand.


Okay.


You're essentially outlining the difference between hard and soft science fiction. In hard science fiction the technical details are essential to or partly the focus of the story. In soft science fiction the details are part of the setting to help the story. You don't need to justify why they work.

Star Wars for instance is probably the most famous example of soft sci-fi. You have lots of cool, nifty things but it doesn't need to stop and spend 20 minutes explaining how a blaster works or the theory behind hyperdrive. Star Trek as well to a somewhat lesser extent. You don't need to understand warp theory or the theoretical avenues of teleportation to enjoy it.

On the other hand something like Battlestar Galactica for example ( at least the first few seasons ) leans more towards hard as the understanding the tech was part of understanding the story. Knowing the limitations of FTL, the rules for how Cylons operated, why Galatica was built and designed the way it was, space battles that used Newtonian physics, so on and so forth were key to understanding the story.

Basically, just ask yourself "Am I imagining or speculating?"

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Are you saying I should choose between soft and hard science-fiction? In my story, I was going to add a futuristic setting with some magical and superpower.

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Are you saying I should choose between soft and hard science-fiction? In my story, I was going to add a futuristic setting with some magical and superpower.



Oh no, I'm just outlining the spectrum. You do you. Just if you're having trouble being too far in one direction just adjust till you feel comfortable writing again. It sounds like you're further in the hard side than you're comfortable.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
Are you saying I should choose between soft and hard science-fiction? In my story, I was going to add a futuristic setting with some magical and superpower.



Oh no, I'm just outlining the spectrum. You do you. Just if you're having trouble being too far in one direction just adjust till you feel comfortable writing again. It sounds like you're further in the hard side than you're comfortable.


I am? I thought I was going to the soft side.
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