Clarion Write-A-Thon: Day 3

Target goal: 25,000 words

Target daily goal: 775 words

Today’s word count: 775

Total words written: 1,971

One of the challenges I’ve found in writing sci fi/spec fic is making it futuristic, yet identifiable and understandable. This can run the gamut to the setting (e.g., New Earth as opposed to the current one; a planet similar to Earth;  or even a recognizable planet like Mars), to technology, to everyday units of time and measurement.

Some authors do it well. One is the late Anne McCaffrey in her Dragonriders of Pern series. The series is set on another planet that was colonized after Earth self-destructed due to technology and war, and its denizens live and survive in prehistoric conditions. Even though McCaffrey uses different names for commonplace items (e.g., “klah” for coffee, “sevenday” for week), her descriptions made her nomenclature easily recognizable.

Another author who is surprisingly good at bridging the gap between present and future is J.D. Robb, the pseudonym for bestselling romance author Nora Roberts. Her Eve Dallas series is obviously  set in the future (the series starts at 2058 A.D.) and includes plausible devices such as flying cars, completely automated kitchens, and combination wrist phones/computers (hello, Samsung Galaxy Gear).

Unfortunately, I am not (yet) in these ladies’ league.  My attempts to try and use futuristic yet identifiable jargon don’t work; my terms come off clumsy and cliched. I have to admit that I’m not THAT imaginative; words currently in use sound good to me, but someone else created them, and to use them would be lazy and uncreative. In the meantime, I’ll just stick with using commonplace words and let my readers figure it out. It’s easier for me to create the world and the plot of the story. I’m enjoying the worlds that I created, and I’m glad that I dug in the crates to realize that I had some worthwhile stuff that needs to be developed for future works.

See you tomorrow for Day 4. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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