Writing Tips: Logic, Science, and the Unknown
This writing blog is controversial, as people tend to have very different beliefs on the origin of life. Personally, I believe in logic, and what science tells us. You may believe in a God or some other type of spiritual being, or you may have other beliefs.
Although I’m open to a religious debate, that’s not quite what this blog is about, but instead where these beliefs are interjected and how you can use this to your advantage in fiction.
The God of the Gaps is an argument that places the answer of God, or some other complex creator, inside the gaps that science has not yet filled. Before Darwin presented the theory of evolution, our entire origin was a huge gap, thus, the necessity to believe in a divine creator. Nowadays, we have more theories, and more evidence helps us better understand evolution, physics, astrophysics, and so on. This closes those gaps, leaving only slight areas where the God of the Gaps argument can be used.
As science progresses, these gaps are closing, but there will always be a type of mystery behind origins of life, and the vast potential of the universe. Thanks to these advancements, coupled with the beauty of the unknown, we now have a ton of different ideas that are both plausible, and extraordinary.
Where the God of the Gaps is mainly used as a theological argument, you can use it for your fiction. Using proven science to manipulate your own ideas in an unknown area is a fun and exciting thing to do when you’re writing fiction. If you take real world evidences, which are relatable to everything that we know, and the things we wonder about, then you can create a story that really speaks, rather than just making up a world out of nothing (although, I do love to do that too).
Take, for instance, the theory of alternate dimensions. This isn’t a make believe subject, and has some scientific backing for their existence by using string theory, though it’s still quite shaky. I won’t get into that here, but it is very much a searchable topic and I hope you decide to research it, along with many other things, for yourself.
Since dimensions may have some scientific merit behind it, you can take the information used to help theorize the idea, and use it for your story.
How does one travel to another dimension to see a different being?
What kind of physics would be involved?
Is it even possible, and if it were, what type of force would be required?
Is that force one that we have discovered, or is it something completely new?
How does it react to the rest of our universe?
These are the types of questions to ask when you’re using science for fiction, and once again, they will help make the story more real. Answer them the best you can, and people will feel like the world you’ve created is theirs as well.
Obviously, there are some things you won’t be able to explain thoroughly, mainly because they are beyond our comprehension at the moment. But you can do your best using scientific logic and reason to back up your points, and really make your fiction breathe in the real world. But please, stay away from pseudo-science. Make sure you know what you’re talking about when you decide to write about it. This research will make your story better, deeper, and you will learn things as you go, and perhaps even unlock some truths about society, the world, or yourself. It can even help drive your plot.
That’s what writing really is, essentially. You take an idea, you play with it, and you make it into something. If you’re lucky, you will create something great that will be remembered for ages as a new thought train or idea.
If you take what is scientifically accurate and play by its confirmed laws, the only end to what you may discover, are the implausible circumstances that ruin a good book.
Sure, this is a little restricting, but am I telling you to go straight by the book?
Of course not. I’m telling you to be consistent with our own reality. That still leaves an infinite amount of things to play with, and more importantly, learn from.
I do believe this can be use in almost every genre, as long as you’re creative enough to know what to do with the information presented. That part is up to you. Scientific accuracy is only restricted to a genre if you let it be. In the end, who the hell needs to label a book anyways? Stories are stories.
What do you think?
Should this be left to only sci-fi novels, or do you think logic and reason has room in every genre?
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