SciFi Novel Week Four: Slacker

Ahhh! Friday came so quick this week. I haven’t gotten a chance to work on my book at all since the last update, partially because my computer wasn’t working, but it’s been fixed now. I have no excuse:p Anyways, guess what! The gas mask came in the mail today! I’m thinking about doing a twelve hour challenge where I’ll have to wear the mask for twelve hours to really get into character. It’s really legit, and awesome looking, but very heavy, and I was sweating after wearing it for only a few minutes. The lenses also fog up very easily. It’s from the Czech Republic so I can’t read any of the instructions, and it came with some filters, and a drinking tube.

Now I admit I have been slacking a bit this week, sometimes I don’t feel very inspired, and sometimes I’m really inspired and get up at three a.m. to write a bunch. This week I am definitely going to work on finishing up chapter three, so wish me luck! I bid you all farewell.


SciFi Novel Week Three: Mood Setting

Hey everyone, happy Friday! So Saturday I spent the day writing, and I finished chapter two. This week I’ve finished about 2000 words for chapter three, but I still have a lot to write before this chapter is finished.  The first two chapters give a little background of the characters as they first meet each other, and the main character has flashbacks to his childhood. But the third chapter opens with them landing on the planet’s surface, and things start to get spooky. So lets talk about mood setting.

I definitely wanted a dark aspect to the book, but you never want to over do it, because then it ends up sounding cheesy. You want to make the eeriness as real as possible. To set the dark mood I use the characters senses. Pretend it was you, and write down everything you see, hear,  and smell around you. Then go eternally, what is the character feeling; fear, anxiety, panic? If you were in the circumstances of your character how would you feel? Another thing I like to do is listen to music while writing. It really helps me get inspired (I love aggressive punk music, so it’s perfect for angry/sad themes). Now the most important thing is, make sure not to always be dark! You don’t want your book to be a miserable tale that ends in sadness. Everyone loves a happy ending, so give your character some hope. There’s always a perfect balance of the two opposing emotions.

Alright well I hope this helped any writers out there, and feel free to comment about any techniques you use when writing. Later this week I’ll be hopefully posting another blog post, about something theological. Until then, have a great weekend everyone.



SciFi Novel Week Two: Writers Block

Happy Friday everyone! Time for a quick SciFi novel update.
So I’ve made some progress on chapter two, though it’s not completely finished. I’m hoping I’ll get some time to write tonight when I get home from work. I have not purchased the gas mask yet, but I have decided, I most definitely will be buying one.
Now to talk about one of the greatest, if not the greatest struggle for a writer. Writers block! Ahhh it kills me. I want to get some writing done, but it just feels weird, it lacks luster. That’s when I need to get inspired. Maybe go for a walk, or hangout with a friend. Just take a break from the drawing board, and collect new ideas. So far I haven’t had any writers block, but we all have to face it sooner or later.
I told myself I’d write another blog about something theological before the next SciFi update was due, but as usual I procrastinated. Hopefully this upcoming week I’ll get that done. Have a great weekend everyone!

-M. A. Greco

SciFi Novel Week One: So Far So Good

Hey everyone! So it’s Friday, which means SciFi novel update! I surprisingly got a lot done. First I worked out some of the details, such as, planet names, galaxy names, characters, personalities, and backgrounds. Then I started writing away. I’ve finished the first chapter, and have already written some of chapter two.
I’ll tell you a little about the storyline. A crew of five members are sent to a deserted planet which was destroyed in biological warfare. Their mission is to find any new life. When on the surface they must wear protective gear, such as a gas mask. Now I was thinking about purchasing one, and wearing it all day to get into character, but I don’t know if I’m going to. We’ll find out next week.
I believe that’s all for now. I might post a few paragraphs from the first chapter later. Have a good day!


My Science Fiction Mission

For my entire life I’ve always wanted to write a novel, but I always give up after a few chapters. Usually I either get bored or come to the conclusion that the plot wasn’t as great as I had first thought. But I really, really want to write a complete book! So I’ve decided to take on the challenge and put everything I have into writing this. I’m starting fresh, with a new story line, and it’s Science fiction, so anything can happen. I’m probably going to post weekly updates about my progress, and I hope who ever reads this will keep me accountable to that. I’ll probably even post the first few chapters. Wish me luck!

– M.A.Greco