Writing fiction is a bit like baking a cake. You will need the proper ingredients in the right quantities, or it’ll turn out awful. For fiction, you will need the right combination of storyline, action, description and personality development to bring your story to life for your reader.
Character development can be among the most important things about science fiction. You want to create a realistic set of personalities to move your plot together and to do this you want to know them. But how much can you must know about these before you begin writing?
Well, that depends on the type of story you are writing. The length of your narrative will dictate the amount of character information you will have to create them come to life. For simplicity sake, I have broken my personality sheet to what I use for every kind of writing. Your character sheets may vary.
Fiction is an integral part of human life. Man has an inherent need for recreation to get away, even if for a few minutes, in the temptations of life. Story telling has been among the earliest methods for accomplishing this and over the ages it has grown into the varied forms of entertainment we have in the present day world. Entertainment is basically of two kinds – active and passive. The busy involves physical participation in 1 manner or other, while the passive does not. Fiction is essentially a passive entertainment even though the mind has an important part within it. Fiction constantly involves visualization whether it’s covert or overt. The first form of overt visualization was that the enacting of dramas since the cultures developed. The development of technology brought in its modern forms – cinema and tv. The key type is inherent to story telling and reading. It’s an inherent feature of the individual (or maybe any) mind a thought is always accompanied by an image. So when one hears or reads a story the mind visualizes the scene and the figures; this procedure continues throughout the story and often even after it’s ended.
Fiction by its very definition is unreal. When we see a novel we are aware that the story and the characters in it are merely a product of imagination of the author. When we view a film we are aware that the characters are just acting their parts essentially pretending to be someone other than themselves. Still we are emotionally affected by the turns and twists in the story. We laugh, weep together, and even feel indignant towards the bad guys. The lovable hero or heroine might be despicable in real life and the protagonist may be a perfect gentleman, but we identify them using all the characters they are portraying. In essence for this short period we get transported into the imaginary world of the author. Oddly enough this happens also with the writer at least to a number of them. He or she goes through the same emotions while writing and possibly later as well. These few considerations will make a difference in your knowledge as they relate to read this. But there is a great deal more that you would do well to study. We feel you will find them to be beneficial in a lot of ways. However, we always emphasize that anyone takes a closer examination at the overall big picture as it relates to this subject. So we will provide you with a few more important points to think about.
“Knowledge is limited, imagination isn’t.” Albert Einstein said that even though the wording of the second part could have been different. Einstein like any other human being wasn’t infallible. Some of his views that he held right until the ending turned out to be incorrect in the field of physics. In this particular announcement he also appears to have it backwards. Knowledge may be limited in the case of someone but generally it’s infinite even when we believe just rational understanding leaving apart transcendental. Science in particular has demonstrated this at each step in the course of its own development. Imagination pertains to an individual mind and can be constrained by several factors based on the situation of the individual. A mind can envision only what relates in a way to matters already stored in it. A person that has never been outside a distant place in wilderness and has had no contact with the world outside cannot envision what metropolitan cities would be like.
Getting back to fiction the imagination of the author also must be based on his direct or indirect experiences. In this sense fiction relies on reality and to this extent it represents another dimension of reality. Here of course we run to the philosophical problem of the exact meaning of reality. You will find two diametrically opposite viewpoints – materialistic and spiritualistic. According to the former only things which can be perceived through our senses are real, everything else is unreal. The latter asserts that there is just one ultimate fact from which all that we perceive comes out and what that’s perceived is simply an illusion. We again look at a statement by Einstein: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” He was obviously referring to the fact of the phenomenal world. The term illusion can have different connotations but in general it means perceiving something as different from what it really is. So the existence of this thing is a prerequisite for illusion, it isn’t a mental construction. Imagination is a mental phenomenon and has nothing to do with whatever actually existing. Thus the connection between fiction and reality is completely different from that between reality and illusion. It does take some time to write a complete story for any kind of book.
At a philosophical sense that the incredible world itself could be regarded as fiction. That is exactly what Shakespeare perhaps meant when he wrote: “All the world’s a stage, and all men and women merely players”. We may also consider everything in the world (space, time, issue) as gamers since everything has its entry and exit. We naturally run into the problem of saying what the stage is and who wrote the script. Shakespeare most likely believed in God, strict determinism, and in the reality of the world, so he didn’t have this problem. Now it’s usually thought that the world also has a beginning and will have an ending. If the world is also a player, are there multiple universes or does this come exclusively on the stage then introduces other players? However, what’s the point in this case? Quantum physics points to one possibility. At extremely tiny scales of time and space there is a quantum void that’s not really empty but filled with energy that is constantly transforming itself to virtual particles as well as back. What remains after the conclusion of the world could possibly be an infinite variation of the quantum void filled with energy into which all the thing has converted itself. This universal energy is the origin of and background for all.
It is not merely a philosophical point either. We invest a substantial part of our own life in the imagined or fictional world. We muse about the things in future and also live over the past imagining what might have been. The imagination about the future is based on our hopes and aspirations and also to some extent it is a positive in the sense we’re in a position to mould our future if we sincerely try. But musing over the past is really a futile exercise because we know for a fact that ‘what could have been’ is mere fantasy that never happened. Still it serves the exact same purpose as fiction in the point of view of amusement. We entertain ourselves by imagining how life would have been, knowing fully well that it has no fact whatsoever. In a metaphorical sense ago, at the remote past, is fiction. In a particular sense history is fiction since it invariably contains the subjective bias of the author. What we know of Buddha and Jesus now is much more fiction than facts.