I asked the Chat GPT plus with a book creator plugin to help me write a military science fiction novel and it gave me a great outline of the basic things needed to get started which I want to share.

 1. Setting

– **World-Building**: Describe the universe where your story takes place. Is it set in the distant future, an alternate history, or a completely different universe?
– **Technology**: Detail the level and type of technology available, especially military technology, which plays a crucial role in military science fiction.
– **Sociopolitical Background**: Outline the political and social structures. Are there interstellar governments, colonies at war, or alien civilizations?

 2. Major Characters

– **Protagonist(s)**: Who are the central characters, and what are their roles in the military? Consider their backgrounds, motivations, and development arcs.
– **Antagonist(s)**: Describe the opposing force(s). This could be a rival state, an alien species, or a faction within the same government or military.
– **Supporting Cast**: Think about other important characters, such as crew members, political figures, or family members of the main characters.

 3. Conflict

– Identify the primary conflict driving your story. Is it a war between rival planets or species, a rebellion against a tyrannical government, or something else?

 4. Plot Structure

– Consider the sequence of events. A common approach is to use a three-act structure (setup, confrontation, resolution), but feel free to choose a structure that best suits your story.
– Think about key battles, political intrigue, exploration, or technological developments that will move your plot forward.

 5. Themes and Messages

– Decide on the underlying themes or messages you want to explore. Military science fiction often delves into topics like the ethics of warfare, the nature of leadership, and the impact of technology on society.

Once we have a general outline, we can delve into each of these components in more detail, developing characters, plotting chapters, and eventually drafting scenes. If you already have some ideas in mind, feel free to share them, and we can work from there!