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Old May 22 2014, 04:02 PM   #41
JarodRussell
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Re: Tips for writing a great Star Trek fanfiction story or series.

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Another thing I recognized upon watching Abramstrek 1... write the story for the real world first, and then translate it into space. If it makes sense in a real world scenario, it will make sense in sci fi as well.
Exactly. In fact, Gene Roddenberry said as much in the original TOS Writers' Guide:

AND SO, IN EVERY SCENE OF OUR STAR TREK STORY...

... translate it into a real life situation. Or, sometimes as useful, try it in your mind as a scene in GUNSMOKE, NAKED CITY, or some similar show. Would you believe the people and the scene if it happened there?

IF YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE WHO ANSWERS: "THE CHARACTER ACTS THAT WAY BECAUSE IT'S SCIENCE FICTION", DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU.
It's amazing how many professional and fan writers ignore this very basic advice that's as old as Star Trek itself. It's one reason I think the TOS Writer's Guide should be required reading for anyone writing any kind of Star Trek story.
Horseshit.

Explain to me how some trek writer translated a real-world makes-sense situation into The Immunity Syndrome or Catspaw?
You fail to see the point. Forget about the specifics of giant amobea, or ghosts. It's about how real world humans would react when they are confronted with things like that. Are the character's motivations to do something believable? Etc...

And again, just because there are examples how sometimes they didn't follow the advice, doesn't mean it's wrong advice.
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