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The month of May brought me one of the highest highs I’ve ever experienced: I finished a certain long anticipated manuscript. May also brought me one of my lowest lows. Two close friends agreed to look over the manuscript, and… well, let’s just say they didn’t think it was very good.
After a heartbreaking week and a half of going over my friends’ feedback, I’ve realized that I made two fundamental mistakes.
- First off, I’d been playing with a new writing style. It was very flowery. Very fancy. I thought it sounded awesome, until I tried to read it out loud.
- And secondly, I tried to cram as much science into the story as I could. I thought I was making my Sci-Fi universe more believable, but all I was doing was adding info dumps. Very flowery info dumps.
When I started this blog, part of my intention was to force myself to do the kind of research that I, as an aspiring science fiction author, thought I ought to be doing. But in one of my earliest posts, or maybe it was an early tweet, I wrote that I’d never let a scientific fact get in the way of a good story.
This blog really has served its purpose. I’ve done a lot of research over the last eight years. Can you blame me for wanting to show off everything I’ve learned? But, of course, I let all that science get in the way of good storytelling, and now I need to fix it.
For a start, I’m breaking up some of those long, flowery sentences. And as for the science, I’m not going to remove it entirely, because I still believe good science is crucial for good science fiction. But maybe I don’t need to spend so much time explaining everything.
So now, back to writing. Or rather re-writing.