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story Telling the essential elements of my story.

Hello everyone,

I'm writing out my science fiction opus (or so I call it), and I still hope, one day, to pitch it to investors so as to make it a streaming TV series or movie. Anyway, to me, the focus is the story, not the special effects or the visuals. I know many films are star vehicles, which centre around the movie star, and others focus on the awesome imagery of majestic visuals. My science fiction, however, would focus on the story and, in particular, the concept.

A good example would be Star Trek - I'm a die-hard Trekkie. One episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation involves Captain Picard trapped on a planet with the captain of another alien vessel. No one in the Federation can understand the alien's language, until Picard realizes that they talk in allegory, not conventional speech. In other words, that story focuses on the thought experiment of a species with a language built on metaphor and examples.

I can still remember when we first watched it - I was in college, at the TV room, with another person, and he said that's what he likes, not mindless action but the concept, the thought experiment.

The episode is "Darmok", in the fifth season of Next Gen. In my opinion, this story can be acted out without props, in a rehearsal. So, to me, the stories that I want to tell must be stories that can be done without big-name stars, without expensive special effects, and in a theatre involving actors who just act out the scenes. In other words, strip the story to its bare bones and see if it works.

I'd appreciate any feedback on this. Thanks.
 
Sounds like a great plan! One of the more cost effective ways to break into the industry it seems. All it really takes is your time and writing skills.

I've slowly realized that listening to other hard scifi fans can actually help offset problems in a story. I discovered a whole world of plot points, just by putting my plot synopsis out into the scifi community... And getting a lot of backlash on what was scientifically possible vs my ideas.

I went from having no real back story, to having more than enough research and knowledge to really make something that could become its own book.
 
This is a very interesting conversation 😁. I personally published books online about my stories. Wanting to pitch stuff like you, however I had no connections and so I only got a few hundred from it. No one really knew I was doing books (my marketing was trash) I could have kept trying with the books but I ended up transitioning to film. Deciding i’d start making the stories myself.
But now I’m wondering if I should start pitching ideas to people again and start writing books once more like you are doing.
 
This is a very interesting conversation 😁. I personally published books online about my stories. Wanting to pitch stuff like you, however I had no connections and so I only got a few hundred from it. No one really knew I was doing books (my marketing was trash) I could have kept trying with the books but I ended up transitioning to film. Deciding i’d start making the stories myself.
But now I’m wondering if I should start pitching ideas to people again and start writing books once more like you are doing.

Hello,

Writing is passion and a calling. If you have a creative urge, then give expression to it.

As for not making a lot of money from writing, well, the digital revolution has done that to everyone, including established writers, so you're in good company. And that's why you should keep your day job, even as you pursue your dream. I would encourage you to start writing and pitching again, because you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
 
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