Basic plot outline on mindmap:
Starting the plot outline at “Story Goal.” https://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/story-goal.html It can be simple, like defeat alien. I’ll try and think of something more original sounding. Erhard Schreiber is the MC so he will try to find out what’s going on as the goal and to remedy the situation. Not just kill the alien and be done with the rest of the story that is possible.
It can be simple, like defeat alien. I’ll try and think of something more original sounding. Erhard Schreiber is the MC so he will try to find out what’s going on as the goal and to remedy the situation. Not just kill the alien and be done with the rest of the story that is possible.
Now on to the “Consequences.” https://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/plot-outline.html What will happen if the MC can’t figure out what is going on? I will do the consequence from the MC’s point of view. His concern is that the same thing will keep happening if it is not figured out and remedied. To make it clear in the story, it would have to be pointed out more aliens will show up and board the ship or other ships, whatever the mystery ends up being.
“Requirements.” Communicate with the alien.
“Forewarnings.” The alien can figure out their ship’s systems, but they can’t figure out the alien.
“Costs.” This one will be more involved. He has the concern of behaving less caring. I’ll make the cost, he has to get tough on his crew to get to the bottom of what is going on. Giving in and being more logical could be the key he figures.
“Dividends.” I’ll put this as a less muddled brain in accepting the alteration the alien’s made. After figuring out this part, I have decided to go with two alien races. One altered his mind and a different one boarded the ship after that part.
“Prerequisites.” The requirement is to communicate with the alien. The prerequisite could be to get it talking, so they have something to work with their computer AI translator.
“Preconditions.” Linn Dahl will only do a specific dangerous task the Captain wants after she makes a recording to transmit home to her twin.
Define the story’s setting and type:
I’m not going to start where the dream began. Seems to me, starting before the Captain gets his brain altered might be better. So we need to figure if we’ll start with a bang or start off slow and build up tension.
I’ll start the story with build up since there’s a mystery for the MC to solve.
There will not be lots of gore since this is something everyone can read for a helpful idea. No bad language, sex, and so on.
The MC’s brain will be altered. Ideas: Maybe an energy scan and blast. Maybe nanites. Maybe a god-like alien materializing in front of him. After thinking about it, I’ll go with a nanite approach. I might not mention nanites specifically in the story.
Some Star Trek Borg-like visuals for certain scenes. The rest could be more like Aliens the movie with a more simple Earth-based tech for the human-made spaceship. Ladders and close quarters like a submarine and not elevators and well-lit interiors.
The little flower spider will be a mostly harmless creature picked up along with the plants from some alien world.
The big, ugly, dull rusty-red, and wrinkled alien will be hell-bent on getting to the captain. He’ll have a lot of tech on like the Predator because he will need the tech to make his way past the ship’s security. I’d add some of that to the character’s Bio.
The ship is nowhere near Earth or other human help. No warping straight to a space station or planet to escape the situation.
I want the MC to win. But whether the Ugly alien is the enemy or the aliens who altered his brain are the enemies I haven’t decided yet.
Perhaps both aliens have their side of the story, and the ship’s crew got caught in the middle with no one being evil. That’s how I usually tend to write.
I think that will be good enough to start on the outline.