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Your Character vs Technology

Write a short scene of up to 1000 words in which your protagonist is interacting with your imagined technology in a problematic way. They might be in a futuristic prison, they might be someone freshly-made unemployed by a technological development, they might be someone empowered or enfeebled by an advancement. It’s up to you. Remember the heartbeat of a story is conflict. It doesn’t need to be a huge conflict – in Flowers for Algernon the first problem the protagonist encounters when he is made more intelligent is the loss of his position in the social hierarchy at work, where he has been too stupid to realise he is the butt of cruel jokes and a victim of bullying. He stops being bullied but loses people he considered his friends. It might, of course, be a huge conflict internally as someone struggles to make sense of the world after being reincarnated or externally as the aliens burn holes in the spaceship hull.

Try to make the response emotional. It’s great for the protagonist to come up with a clever technical solution to a problem but we need to know how they feel about that.

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Writing Science Fiction – The New Thing

1. Remember as you shape your story, that you are writing science fiction. Understand what science fiction is…

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Bringing Dramatic Action Into A Scene

The purpose of this exercise is to help us bring dramatic action to our scenes. Firstly we should…

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Inside the Shed

Sometimes we are really keen to tell our readers everything, to make sure that they understand what it…

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You don’t have to tell young readers as much as you think

There is sometimes an assumption that younger readers won’t understand what’s going on unless the plot and the…

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Gas Ring – the game

A quick exercise to show the importance of writing high stakes for your characters when writing a play….

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