Perhaps one of the most difficult things to do in a sim is make it interesting to those who will soon be reading it. We each have our own approach to the story, and we each see something just slightly different from every other writer on our ship. At the same time, we have to mesh the stories together and provide new and unique insight in each sim we write so that the story only gets more intriguing and interesting to read.
There are many tactics that you can use to make your StarBase 118 sims better and more interesting to read. Some writers choose to make use of descriptive imagery that very plainly paints a picture for everyone to see. Other people choose to invoke conversation with other officers around the ship. But one thing that we should all do is kill the repetition in our sims.
Whether you write for school, work, or play, you probably realize that more time goes into making sure that whatever you wrote is correct in every way. That means that you have to spend lots of time editing, proofreading, and checking to make sure that the formatting is correct. For those in school, you are faced with the need to cite your sources appropriately. Those who write for work have to ensure quality or face a dip in profits or revenue. All of which can add up to a very stressful, and mistake prone, time of writing.
But we write for fun, so why do we need to worry about all of this?
Star Trek is more than just another science fiction series. In fact, some would say that Trek actually helped define the genre. From the early days of Trek, long before the use of CG or computer rendering, viewers and fans were captivated. Was it the thought of travel through the far reaches of space? Was it the technology, which at the time was unfathomable? Or was it something else that built and helped an entire genre grow?
Each time we sit down to write a Starbase 118 sim, we are delving into our own world within the Star Trek realm. Beyond that, we are writing within the science fiction genre, and we all want to put out the very best writing that we can. As such, we need to know just what makes stories like Star Trek so intriguing.
If there is one thing we do a lot of here on Starbase 118, it’s writing. By weaving together long strands of words, each one of us is able to contribute to the collaborative effort that goes into each day, each mission, and each ship. Without words, our characters, and the worlds we’ve created around them are nothing more than thoughts fluttering through our minds.