Sci-fi futures

Today’s the first day of the new schedule's writing tips, so let’s keep it topical and have a chat about writing different flavours of sci-fi futures...

Writing set-up

With the prospect becoming increasingly likely that many of us will need to self-quarantine for 14 days at some not-so-distant point, let’s talk about having a good writing set-up. Because let’s face it, when you’re actually not allowed to leave the house, it’s going to be a choice between cracking the back of your project(s) or your sanity after Netflix asks one too many times if you’re still watching… So let’s bunker down and work on something that’ll last long after all this is over!

Inside the ship, missing re-entry.

The feeling, he realised, watching the pale blue dot grow smaller by barely noticeable, increasingly fatal increments, was like straining to see family wave goodbye in his wingmirror before turning a corner. Yes. Drifting away from Earth felt very much like that. An almost ordinary feeling and not as terrifying as he imagined.

Struggling to write a scene

Part two of two. Welcome back! Now that the weekend is over, and the first suggestion of having a tipple to relax and write isn’t always advantageous for a Monday morning, let’s look at another idea in detail for when you're struggling to write a scene…

Struggling to write a scene

Part one of two. It’s not easy exposing yourself by writing. Being human and open to abundant delightful needs, like to eat, sleep, work and whatnot, it’s nigh impossible to sit down and write an entire novel in one sitting. Hell, even writing a single chapter or a short story is hard! This post explores the myth of writer's block and ways to cope when struggling to write a scene...