Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Fiction of Being Real

Part of the fun in writing the Miscorrection series is creating a believable universe. In the beginning of my writing the series, it was in its infancy. But now I find myself writing the fourth novelette, and the universe has become very much alive.

As the writer, I have thought out this universe. I’ve created characters, locations, organizations, and more. And this is crucial to any story. It doesn’t need to be science fiction. All fiction requires that the worlds the characters live in are real and believable. This is why movies and books like Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost, Foundation, and more have found success. The creators of a story develop the story so well that the audience believes it is real. Not only that, many times they imagine they are a part of it.

This was a difficult task to accomplish with Miscorrection, and I feel it is going well. After release of the first three stories, readers should be getting a clear understanding of the universe I’ve made, the characters and their roles, and even the things that need to change in that universe. My hope is that they believe it, that they envision themselves being a part of it, and that they want to dive deeper into the world I’ve made.

For me it has become very real. This morning, as I was writing the fourth novelette, the main character of the story had a revelation. The character understood something more clearly and had an “A-ha” moment. At the same time the character had that experience, I felt like I experienced it with the character. I felt the same exhilaration the character would have felt. It was a moment that made me realize fully that I believe it the world about which I am writing. It showed that I believe that this is more than just words on paper (or words on a screen). It’s real.

I hope as you read and continue reading the Miscorrection series, you feel the same way about the world. And, of course, I appreciate any feedback from readers of the series. While I wouldn’t change the story, your feedback can help me improve my approach to telling it and making it more real for you.

It's never too late for you to start reading the series, and don't forget that the first novelette is free. Just go to the Miscorrection Ebooks page to get your free ebook!