Writing a Space Opera can be hard, but it’s so worth it
A Space Opera happens to be one of the most widely read sub-genre of science-fiction. Bringing readers a scintillating combination of melodramatic space adventure, warfare, risky strategies, and interplanetary conflicts. It’s almost mandatory that the stories of this amazing genre take place amid a sci-fi setting. Some of the biggest names of books in this genre include Dune, Star Trek, Star Wars, Ender’s Game, Firefly, and so on. Have you ever thought that writing a space opera would be easy or hard? If yes, ? then let me share with you some of the obstacles I had to overcome when I began writing my latest book. Sodenia: The First space Bastion. I will try to write it without any spoilers. The section below would introduce you to the most common issues.
Balancing the spectrums is often not as easy as it seems
Assume that the opposite elements (remember that they are not opposing elements) of a space opera are laid on given spectrums. To make the story interesting, it’s important for you to ensure that the story is not always placed on an end of the spectrums in question. However, there’s also no need of keeping the entire story in the middle. You will always have the liberty of deciding when and where the space opera written by you would move along a given spectrum. But, it’s important for you to make sure that you are balancing the spectrums well as you move forward with the story.
You will have to be extremely careful when combining scientific facts with fiction
We all know that space operas are works of science fiction. So, the settings and plots of these stories tend to feature technology and science that are currently nonexistent. It’s important for you to remember that while introducing fictitious technological and scientific elements, you must not ignore the science and technology that are already in use. To put it more bluntly, for making your work of fiction believable, you would need to produce a perfect blend of scientific facts and fiction. You must have enough knowledge about regular spaceships for making a fictional giant spaceship believable to your readers.
You will never be able to learn by analyzing space operas written by others
Reading similar creations of other authors will not benefit you much. There’s no magic formula or magic ingredient that makes a space opera successful. So, your goal should always be coming up with fresh and fascinating ideas that fans of this genre have never come across so far. To put it more bluntly, making your story unique would make your chances of succeeding much bigger than following the footsteps of bestselling authors. So, try to be innovative when writing about weapons used for alien invasions, interiors of spaceships, and so on.
If you try to be too clever you might fail
Being a commercial sub-category of science fiction, space opera has tasted significant success both on the big and small screens. This shows that although they deal with science and technology, they are not meant particularly for the nerds who love reading through scientific journals. So, it would be better if you avoid being too clever when putting together the plot of the story. Of course, there are exceptions; but, usually, fans of clever fiction don’t read space operas.
Failure in resolving minor threads/mysteries can lead to overall failure of the story
Are you thinking of drawing out the plot of your story to make it a trilogy or a series of multiple stories? That’s definitely a good idea as what you will be drawing out would be the metastory, something no one would expect to get resolved in your very first book. However, you cannot afford to keep minor threads and mysteries in your plot unresolved. If you do so, your readers would consider your book as a failure. They would assume that you have either forgotten to resolve the threads or haven’t managed to find interesting ideas to resolve them. What’s more, those loose ends might spoil the plots of your following books too.
You will have to keep your creative instinct in control
We know that this is a bad and surprising suggestion for anyone who is creative, more so, when writing a story. However, if you want your space opera to be successful, you must know how to keep your creative instinct in control. That’s primarily because if your prose is too descriptive, readers will miss the real action. You might be wondering what tool would then help you in engaging the readers. You have to make the actions more thrilling, add more dialogues, and find other such alternatives to descriptions.
It’s almost impossible to determine which areas demand a more detailed explanation
Some of your readers would tell that your soap opera’s flavor of FTL (faster than light) is not duly backed by info-dump. Some others will tell that you have failed to make the social setup of your book believable and thereby demand a history lesson for explaining it (the social setup). It’s impossible for you to determine what kind of exposition would be enough. You would also have a tough time in finding out which elements require exposition; that’s primarily because the needs would vary from one reader to another. What’s more, your approach should also change depending on the story you are working on. This means you would have to put in a fresh effort every time you start writing a space opera.
Setting the basic rules for fictional language
When writing a space opera, you will definitely want to include some fascinating alien characters in your story. One of the first things you must do when incorporating those otherworldly characters is setting up a language they would speak throughout the book. Although the job is pretty difficult, it would give you some real creative pleasure. Create some basic rules for the fictional language. For instance, create a glossary featuring words of daily needs, set up structures most of the sentences follow, and so on.
When starting out, you will have to put in a lot of hard work for overcoming the above-mentioned difficulties. Coming up with the right kind of plot and maintaining consistency would also turn out to be quite tough initially. But, as you will move along, you will most likely see things become simpler. However, to move forward successfully, you should always be careful about the obstacles mentioned above.
This is and much more was considered when writing Sodenia: The First Space Bastion. If you would like to get updates on the release date, subscribe for the release date.Subscribe