I'm a nerd.
There I said it.
So, why do people write sci-fi? People write sci-fi for every reason under the sun, but none more important than the reason listed above: personal preference. Some writers enjoy writing mushy love tales that cause young girls to daydream about the ridiculously perfect protagonist. Some might sit down and write a story about a bomb being diffused at just the right moment. Others might turn off the lights and contemplate the plot of the perfect murder mystery.
And then there are people like me.
Dragons, elves, swords, bows, wizards, lizards, ghosts, and superhuman powers… yes, I am that guy.
I assume other people write sci-fi for the same reason I like to write sci-fi—it’s just the genre. I grew up playing games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. I immersed myself in films such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I developed this attitude that constituted one simple principle: real life is boring and fantasy worlds aren’t.
I’m also a high school teacher. I’m the teacher who answers questions about Magic the Gathering, or has discussions with my kids about the newest RPG coming out.
Yep, I'm definitely that guy.
I'm the guy who makes it through the mundane by reading about spell slingers, soul stealers, and dragon slayers. Essentially, I make a hobby out of making sure that world I live in is the cooler than the one that’s actually around me.
Why people write sci-fi really just boils down to one undeniable concept: people write sci-fi because they want to share this awesome fantasy world with everyone else. So, if you would like to be “that guy” along with me, take part in OTMM’s sci-fi writing guide, read OTMM, and develop your own amazing adventure.
The OTMM Sci-Fi writing guide will be posted in installments over the next few days. Episode 13 of OTMM will also be released on Friday, May 31st.