Things to Avoid When Writing a Good Sci-Fi Story

If you've ever seen Star Wars, or if you're one of the couple hundred people who saw 1985's Star Chaser (widely known as one of the worst Star Wars ripoffs of all time), and you want to write your own sci-fi story, the way I do, avoid these things if you wish to be original. 

Things to avoid when writing a good sci-fi story

  • Swords made of light
  • Swords with no blades
  • Swords with invisible blades
  • Swords that are given to the hero before the quest begins. Make the sword the object of the quest.
  • Giant space stations
  • Mining
  • Smugglers
  • Princesses
  • Holographic calls for help
  • Auctions
  • Calling robots “droids”
  • Battles on the edge of a bottomless pit
  • Flagship hijackery
  • The villains can’t be robots trying to rule humanity
  • The call to adventure can’t be a mentor calling on the hero, or a cry for help the hero stumbles upon
  • Wretched hives of scum and villainy
  • Trench runs
  • Talking shipboard computers
  • Trash compactors
  • The Force, or anything like it
  • The hero shouldn’t be one of the people oppressed by the villain. Perhaps he sees in a dream a planet in danger, and goes to save it.
  • Swearing
  • Wookiees, or anything like them
  • Anything as annoying as Jar Jar Binks
  • Podracing, or anything like it
  • Female planetary rulers
  • Lost parents
  • A blind younger brother
  • The hero is not made out as a “chosen one”