Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #4

CARGO3120Entry 4 – The First Draft of CARGO

by Aaron Walker Sr.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

Though I graduated in 2008, I didn’t write the first draft of Cargo until 2011. One thing that helped was having the source material from the class I took back in 2005. Note to all who are trying to develop a series: Work out your fiction before you start writing. One thing that impeded our progress back when we were teens was our failure to plan our story and develop our universe first. We talked about a lot of “cool scenes” but we never tied it together with a strong narrative. In short, world building and story planning is the very foundation of any science fiction endeavor.

Not knowing what I was doing, I turned to the internet to learn how to write a screenplay. Someone suggested planning your story out using index cards, so that’s exactly what I did. The result was a 117 page monstrosity that I absolutely loved and was proud of at the time. In my mind, I was ready for the competitions. So I entered the 2011 People’s Pilot competition.

But alas, when the semifinalists were announced, Cargo was not among the names listed.  Bummed about the results, I emailed Larry Brody thanking him for the opportunity. To my surprise, he actually emailed me back, and suggested that I try his beginning writing class. It was a humbling experience, but I swallowed my pride and took the course, and it was the best decision I ever made!

Next week: The rebirth of Cargo!