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Sci-Fi Writing Tips

You’ve got a fantastic idea for a new character or background. It’s so brilliant, and so obvious now that you think about it, that you wonder why someone hasn’t thought of the idea before. Or maybe you’ve got a fantastic new direction for your ship’s plot that you’re just dying to try out. You’re all set to create a bio or write that development. But take a moment first to think if that’s the best move.

We all want to write brilliant, engaging stories that make both readers and writers want to become even more engaged. Characters are what drive stories, and stories and what allow characters to grow, change and develop. The two work in tandem to create good fiction. But no matter how seasoned a writer you are — whether you’re writing your first sim or short story or you’ve spent decades perfecting your craft and have countless published novels — there are some important tips to remember for creating that good content.

Thankfully, the good folks over at OngoingWorlds provide 12 useful tips.

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Annual Awards Ceremony Moving to June!

Every year we convene a Community Awards ceremony that honors players of all ranks and levels on their achievements. In the past, these awards have been handed out at the end of the year, in December. But starting this year the annual fleet Awards Ceremony is being moved to June!

We decided to move them in part to coincide with our founding and to free-up more time during everyone’s busy holiday months and end of year. It was decided to move it to June this year, rather than next, so that there would not be an 18-month gap between ceremonies. So while some of you may remember our ceremony back in December, there will now be a short period between ceremonies before commencing annually in June.

Started in 1996, community awards remains one of the oldest standing traditions of this group. These awards allow command staff to reward hard working players for all that they have done to make this sim great. So start saving your favorite sims from 2016 to be ready for nominate the individual writers!

For those new to the process, Community Awards start with a nomination. Every participating member is encouraged to nominate their fellow crew members for various awards based on game participation during the 2016 year so far. Once nominations open, look to the news announcements as well as your own ship announcements for specific instructions on how to nominate players for awards!

You can find out more about the community awards process on our wiki.

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