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Can Captain Kirk Make You a Better Writer?
What do a freelance writer and the captain of a star ship have in common? Not much, actually.
A star ship captain has a full crew under their command to ensure a successful mission, whereas the freelance writer usually spends a lot of time alone doing several people's jobs.
So, what can a freelance writer possibly learn from Star Trek? If you look deeply enough, you can find life (and writing) lessons everywhere. But you don't have to search for yourself. Here are a dozen ways you can improve your career with lessons learned from Star Trek.
Lessons That Freelance Writers Can Learn From Star Trek
- Boldly Go
- But Go Someplace New
- You Need Your Crew
- Bend the Rules, Then Stand Your Ground
- Know What You Are Not
- Always Consider Taking Advice
- Use a Colorful Metaphor When Appropriate
- Don't Trust Technology
- Don't Choose to Be a Red Shirt
- Balance Logic With Human Emotion
- Balance Bluntness With Diplomacy
- Live Long and Prosper
1. Boldly Go
You can't get where you want to be if you don't start moving. You can't discover new worlds or have great adventures if you stay in one place. If you aren't already writing, then you have to start. If you are writing in one place, then you have to try something new.
A lot of people have the potential to be great writers—or at least writers that are successful enough to pay the bills. But they might never venture forth as boldly as they should because someone out there (or that little voice inside) is telling them that there they aren't good enough, that they don't have the experience, or that they don't know the right people.
The people of the Enterprise didn't let naysayers hold them back, and neither should you. Put up your deflector shields, ignore any negativity, and get to work.
Do You Explore New Horizons?
2. But Go Someplace New
Sure, you are going. You are bold. You are making progress. But are you going someplace new, or is it already a well-populated area?
You know what I mean. How many articles or blog posts do you see everyday that are written about the same, tired subjects? Now, how many of them have anything new to say about those subjects?
Not many, because there aren't really a lot of new ways to write exciting, unique content about Vitamin C. We know what we know about it. And there are thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of content pieces online and in print that are just new ways of repeating that same information.
In Star Trek, note that Captain Kirk didn't re-explore areas that were already well known. It might have been a lot easier, seeing that these places already had the basic amenities. But there would have been no point. There would have been no thrills.
That doesn't mean you have to come up with a topic or point-of-view that has never been done before (virtually impossible), but you can always write about it from a new perspective. Even if it means introducing a little controversy. Why not write an article about "10 Great Reasons To Eat Potato Chips", instead of yet another article about the fact that junk food makes you fat?
This is part of the reason that blogs about parenting adventures are popular. Even though kids share similarities, no two children are the same. The adventures, the dialog and the messes will follow a common theme, but the plot will always keep you guessing about what comes next.
3. You Need Your Crew
Okay, so you don't have a crew. You sit at home on a computer, answer your own phones, fetch your own coffee and mail your own query letters. You can't even get your dog to bring the paper in for you.
But that doesn't mean you are alone. You probably have tons of people supporting your efforts and applauding your victories. Your spouse, your kids, your siblings, your parents, your friends.
You also have supporters that you have never met. Those are the people you meet online. Your social networking pals, the editors of websites and blogs where you write, and your clients.
If you post to online sites or blogs, then your readers are your crew. They may not be looking at you to make a big decision about their life or death for them, but they might be interested in your opinion on what shoes are best for this summer, or where they should eat if they visit your hometown. Maybe they are even looking for a bit of deeper guidance, or just an affirmation that what they have believed all along is okay.
So, you should do what a good captain would do. Give the people what they need or want. You had to sacrifice some sleep, you got a migraine from staring at your screen. But at least you weren't mangled by some weird alien beast on a desert planet.
4. Bend the Rules, Then Stand Your Ground
What made Captain Kirk a perpetual thorn in the side of Starfleet? His tendency to break the rules.
BUT...he didn't do this just for the fun of breaking rules. There was always a good reason behind his actions. Maybe he saw an opportunity to right a wrong, to save a race of people, or to prevent some kind of cosmic devastation.
I see lots of rule breaking in the online writing world. Some of it is beneficial, some of it is just to cause a stink. There are good ways and bad ways to break rules. Just ask yourself if you are doing it for the greater good.
Along with rule-breaking comes the consequences. There are always the "leaders" out there who won't pay any attention to the fact that you saved an entire planet from doom. If you broke protocol by leaving out an apostrophe during your mission, you are headed right to a mining colony.
The moral? Bend or break the rules as needed for yourself and for others, but be prepared to be penalized by critics in the aftermath. If you felt that what you did was justified, then don't back down.
5. Know What You Are Not
"For God's sake Jim, I'm a doctor, not a photographer!"
Dr. McCoy was never shy about letting everyone know that he had one job, and one job only. He was the doctor. Not the engineer, not the captain, not one of those un-named guys standing at computer terminals on the bridge.
When you self-publish to sites like Hubpages, you have the freedom to practice as you please. However, if you are working for individual clients, you may get more than your share of requests that have nothing to do with your expertise.
Don't be afraid to say: "I'm a writer, not an editor/photographer/graphic designer/marketing analyst."
Even if you can do all these things, you shouldn't have to if they aren't part of the original arrangement. They take up way too much of your valuable writing time.
How great would Doctor McCoy's medical care have been if he had been called away from surgery three or four times to sweep the decks or repair elevator doors?
At the very least, don't be afraid to ask for adequate compensation when someone starts adding tasks to assignment.
6. Always Consider Taking Advice
Captain Kirk was willing to take advice form his crew members. Even those who were new. He even took advice from strangers on a thousand different planets.
Because everyone needs advice from time-to-time. No matter how good you are, how brave you are, or how much you think you know, there is going to be someone else out there that can offer you a really good tip.
If its good, use it. Who cares if it came from a professional, an amateur, a superior, a reader, or an alien?
7. Use a Colorful Metaphor When Appropriate
Occasionally, there is only one word that accurately sums up the emotion in a piece of writing. And that word might not be the nicest word in the dictionary.
Or maybe you just really need to get people's attention and let them know you are serious. Foul language wasn't really common on Star Trek, but there were times when the characters used it to drive a point home and let their viewers know that they were really feeling the moment.
Some bloggers use "colorful metaphors" quite successfully. These writers sound real, and that gets people to listen. However, if this isn't the way you naturally talk, you might want to avoid trying too hard, or you will sound as stilted as Spock when he tried to "fit in" by using curse words.
8. Don't Trust Technology
This might be one of the most important lessons you can learn from Star Trek. Never, ever, put your faith in technology. It will fail you when you need it the most.
For Captain Kirk and his crew, that meant that they were probably suspended in space without shields while another ship prepared to turn them into space dust. In your world, failed technology probably means:
- Not being able to get phone service in time for that client's call.
- Having your computer/internet crash 45 minutes before a deadline
- Hitting a publish button only to see an error message
- Realizing that those photos didn't save to your flash drive after all
- Finding out your computer ate your statements at tax time
Since you can't work online and not deal with technology, these are just some risks you have to take. But you should always take the time to back up your files and save copies of your work. If you don't have your own personal Scotty to fix the problems for you, at least have a good prescription for anxiety meds!
9. Don't Choose to Be A Red Shirt
In the Star Trek universe, it was pretty standard for guys wearing red uniforms to die in every episode. Sometimes several in one day. This was to let the viewer know that the situation was serious. It happened so often that the crew didn't really notice after awhile.
Most of these guys didn't even have names. No one had even seen them before they appeared in their own death scene, either. It is like they were randomly generated every day to replace previously lost "red shirts".
In the writing world, it is easy to become a guy in red. Maybe you are that faceless person cranking out articles for a content mill at a $1.18 per 500 words. Or maybe you are the site member that comes on and writes two or three articles then vanishes when you didn't get enough attention right away.
The ghosts of red shirts long vanished haunt the entire internet. You may have stumbled across their empty husk of a profile, or seen their blog activity was last updated 5 years ago. Who were they? Where did they go?
Or, more importantly, how do you not become one of them?
Easy. Don't choose to be a red shirt. Be visible. Be heard. Make sure people have seen your face. And don't let yourself be shot down on the first few minutes of your mission.
Which Character Matches Your Writing Style?
Use call to action, lead others, seek balance between emotion and logic, bend rules
Focus on facts, look at statistics rather than individuals, maintain a calm voice, objective
Seek to change other's opinions, become flustered over people's actions, feel problems deeply
10. Balance Logic With Human Emotion
There are two things that can make an article very tedious to read:
- All logic and information with no personality
- All emotion and opinion with no facts or logic (or logical structure)
Both can be okay depending on where they are used. A blog post about your favorite dog doesn't really need to be backed up by statistics.An academic article on third world farming doesn't need vivid descriptions of the beautiful sunsets.
However, a lot of articles need some sort of balance. This is what made the Enterprise missions so interesting. Not only did the crew have to work together to find that balance, they also had to remember NOT to let personal feelings run away with them and cause bigger problems.
A good example of this is when you see people writing on sticky subjects like religion or politics. Often, they are not actually writing an article so much as trying to scream their emotions about the subject to the world. This appeals to those who agree, offends those who don't, and causes everyone else to avoid reading it because there isn't anything to actually learn.
11. Balance Bluntness With Diplomacy
As I said above, you have to use slang words and curse words sparingly. They should enhance your work, not drag it under. You should also strike a balance between bluntness and diplomacy.
This can mean either in your writing, or in your dealings with readers and clients. It is always a good idea to make sure that some things are crystal clear (like how much you charge per hour).
Not always such a good idea to be brutally honest about other aspects. Like telling a client you want to charge them extra because you hate their proposed topic.
12. Live Long and Prosper
What are your goals as an online writer? To be famous? To be wealthy? To be "viral"? Personally, I just hope to achieve what the Vulcans suggest:
To live long, and prosper as a writer.
To me, that means still being visible after many years, to earn enough to justify my efforts, and to enjoy what I do. It might not be the loftiest of goals, but it is a good start, and something we can all achieve by working hard at our chosen career. And by watching Star Trek re-runs whenever possible.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Kelly A Burnett from United States on June 01, 2015:
Delightful! Voted up and will be sure to share! Kudos!
PaigSr from State of Confusion on June 01, 2015:
Always fun to bring something that people see all the time. Then apply it to what they are doing. Or what they can do.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 09, 2015:
Great hub. Though I'm not a sci fi/Star Trek fan, but I agree with what you said and how to emulate this model for our own writing. Voted up for useful!
Joel Diffendarfer from Jonesville on November 22, 2014:
Great job! You put into words much of how it feels for me about writing. Many of us think along these lines but, unless challenged, don't have the repertoire to respond. I love the comparisons. Thanks--worth a reread!!
Randall Guinn from Pinellas Park, Florida on October 30, 2014:
A very good angle for a hub. I have often compared the Next Generation to Star Trek. NG brought about a change by adding Alien cultures and rituals that had been overlooked by most sci-fi shows. Then Deep Space Nine over did it in a really bad way. This was a very thoughtful article. I enjoyed it. I suppose my approach would be more like in between that of Spock and Kirk.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 13, 2014:
This one jumped out at me with its catchy title and reference to my favorite series of all times. It's funny that when scrolling through your hubs I've picked this one twice. That speaks to its ongoing appeal.
A great read the second time through, as well.
Kelly A Burnett from United States on June 02, 2014:
Talk about out of this world wonderful! Thanks for the outer world experience. Exceptionally well done!
Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on April 07, 2014:
Beam me up @Sharke11 Reads well...
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on April 06, 2014:
@Audrey Howitt--Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!
Thanks VVanNess, Sanjay, and DreamOn!
Kathy Carr from Chicago, Illinois on March 21, 2014:
Good job! Star Trek, who would have known. Writing is more of a flair for some as oppose to others but as you stated, you have to move about or you will get stale. Fresh ideas and reading other hubs helps. Well received like Star Trek, 'The Next Generation.' Excellent work.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 20, 2014:
The Star Trek series was filled with great examples of social and moral issues and I love how you've captured their wisdom and applied it to us as writers. The subtle messages held a generation of captive TV viewers and I'm glad to see the re-runs are still on. Great reading. Fascinating comparison. Don't want to be wearing the red shirt on the landing party.
suraj punjabi from jakarta on March 19, 2014:
This is one witty hub, and very true. I have not really watched the star trek series, but I guess I am going to now that I see there is much to learn from it. As you can see from my profile picture, I am a red shirt kind of guy, but in my case I came back from the dead and started writing hubs again thanks to the free time I have gained due to personal reasons and I hope I will be able to continue writing and sharing in this wonderful community and not become THAT red shirt guy who just signed up and came aboard and got zapped by an alien on his first day!
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 18, 2014:
Great hub. You had a fantastic idea to create this. Congratulations on hub of the day. It was well deserved.
Anne Harrison from Australia on March 18, 2014:
A great article - can I steal the idea and do on e on Dr Who? (just kidding!) Behind the humour are a lot of great points. A belated congratulations on hub of the day
freeradicalsteve on March 17, 2014:
This was a great hub for me to read at this time .... very encouraging. Thanks!
Ben Blackwell on March 17, 2014:
This is a very cool article. Congratulations on getting the hub of the day.
Dream Lover from Zagreb on March 16, 2014:
great and amazing hub. Live long and prosper hhhh ;) :*
Mohammed from Iraq on March 16, 2014:
great article,surely it gave me some advises to use
Don't be the guy in the red shirt,Love this one :)
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 15, 2014:
Congratulations on HOTD!!
What a great analogy you've chosen! Hahahaha!! The ever-unfortunate 'red shirts;' always the first to die or be killed!
I happen to be a big-time Trekkie, and never thought to apply any Trek principles to my writing. Well done!
Voted up, funny, useful and interesting.
Peace and long life!
Tommy from Colorado. on March 15, 2014:
That was an awesome hub and great for new hubbers like me. I just started writing hubs all though I have written internet reviews for years at epinions I have just started here and it is a different site to use.
James Bowden from Long Island, New York on March 15, 2014:
Enjoyed the read and great job in making clever comparisons between the enterprise and it's crew. To that of the ever evolving journey of the freelancer.
This is definitely an article that every writer should refer to, especially when they want to boldly go to other places fellow writers may have never visited before. Couldn't help to vote this one up, and awesome to add!
Oztinato on March 15, 2014:
The old Star trek series is unbeatable for great themes.
These days the essential SF theme is usually "saving the world" or "saving the universe" with as much techno as possible. Either that or two huge armies crashing into one another; over and over again!
Whatever happened to the Shakespearian subtle psychology of star trek or movies like forbidden planet?
The Examiner-1 on March 15, 2014:
What a useful Hub for us writers! This was really a genuine topic - how did you think of it? The original Star Trek was my favorite one and I enjoyed reading this. Plus I learned quite a bit from it and it will keep me thinking. Voted up, awesome and useful. "V" Peace be with you.
P.S. - Congrats on the HOTD
Shinkicker from Scotland on March 15, 2014:
Great idea for a Hub, very original. Even though I'm a faded old red shirt on Hubpages I persevere. Thanks for the 'energise!' :-)
Voted up and awesome
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 15, 2014:
Congrats on Hub of the Day! Loved this post when you first published it recently. Well deserved!
Sushma Webber from New Zealand on March 15, 2014:
A great article for Trekkie fans who are writers too, like me. Enjoyed it very much.
Luvtoo Write from Chicago, IL on March 15, 2014:
Very clever hub... Never thought I could learn anything related to Star Trek, but I was wrong. I will try not to be a red shirt in the future. You make a great motivational writer!
Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2014:
beam me up SCOTTY. GreAT WORK ! Lpove this Hub, Sharkye11 Recommended, Tweeted and Pin it.
swilliams on March 15, 2014:
Very inspiring! Great tips and very helpful! I love how you based this theme around the characters from 'Star Trek', this makes the subject very interesting. Thanks! Voted up!
Darrin Hart on March 15, 2014:
Fantastic! Thank you!
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 15, 2014:
This is brilliant. Live Long and Prosper
Greg Boudonck from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on March 15, 2014:
This hub highly deserved the title of Featured. It was a great read; Thank you!
Paula from The Midwest, USA on March 15, 2014:
Hi Sharkye, this is an interesting hub to read, and educational on the topic. It is funny too, but gets one thinking. Thanks for sharing this! I got it, even though I am not a Trekkie, and it made a lot of sense. Great tips!
mochirajackson from Liverpool, United Kingdom on March 15, 2014:
Great Hub! As a Trekkie and writer I enjoyed reading this hub very much - great idea to compare the two. Congratulations on winning hub of the day -well deserved. Live long and prosper! x
Dianna Mendez on March 15, 2014:
Congrats on the HOTD! I've used lots from Star Trek series: ethics, management, and social skills teaching college classes.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 15, 2014:
Congrats on the HOTD! What a very inspring hub. A well deserved HOTD award. Thanks for the awesome advice.
Beth Eaglescliffe on March 15, 2014:
Great advice given from a new perspective. Voted up.
May your writing career live long and prosper!
Beth37 on March 15, 2014:
Haha, what a great hub. Im so glad they chose it. Congratulations! :)
sheilamyers on March 15, 2014:
WOW! What else can I say? I'll admit right here and right now this is the first Hub of the Day that caught my attention enough I felt compelled to click on the link and read the hub. I'm so glad I did. You've written so much good advice about freelance writing which, I might add, also applies to writing books for publication or even writing just for fun. I love the way you tied the topic and information to one of my favorite old TV shows. Every example had a purpose and you fully explained each item. Great job!
Which main character matches my writing style? I would have to say all of them at one time or another. It all depends on the topic.
Diane Lockridge from Atlanta, GA on March 15, 2014:
Grrrreat! As a fan and long-time online writer I approved this message! Should be mandatory reading for all newbie writers.
Bernie Ment from Syracuse, NY on March 15, 2014:
I'm a freelance writer and a trekker but never thought of this in this way and how aptly the two concepts gel. Very nicely done. Voted up! (And on the technical 50th anniversary of Trek, too! Nice timing! Trek was actually created in 1964, but didn't air until 1966.)
Ben from UK on March 15, 2014:
Thank you very much Sharkye11 for this wonderful, inspirational and well written article. A boost of creativity for the creative writers at large. You must have thought this through, to my mind it is creatively and logically presented ... risky; but risk that is predictable. One of the best for the Hubpages community.
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on March 11, 2014:
@Nell Rose--Asbolutely. No one wants to be a red shirt. Not that you have anything to worry about. :) Thanks fore reading and voting!
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on March 11, 2014:
@grand old lady---McCoy was my favorite character, so yeah...I loved those arguments too. Thanks for reading, and I am glad you enjoyed!
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on March 04, 2014:
@Norns Mercy--Thanks a bunch! I am glad you liked it. I've read many of your hubs and also wished I could vote awesome multiple times!
@Jeb Bensing--Thank you! I think Star Trek was one of the most brilliant shows ever, and the concepts could teach us lessons about lots of aspects of our lives! Glad to meet a fellow fan!
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on March 03, 2014:
Congratulations for being one of the runners up in the Feb 26th HubPot Challenge. That's how I found you. I really liked how you used Star Trek as an analogy for teaching writing. That was a great idea. I especially loved your table that you made at the end. I can't say that I fall into any of the three styles. But all three are important to consider when writing an article.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on March 01, 2014:
THIS - THIS is creative writing! Somebody at HubPages should make this the Hub of the Day or give it one of their awards. I've never understood their process (just write quality hubs and everything will be fine!) But THIS is what I'm talking about when somebody says quality!
Janet Giessl from Georgia country on March 01, 2014:
You really caught me with this title. What a great hub with lots of very great, creative and useful ideas. Thank you for sharing it.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 28, 2014:
Interesting hub and an informative enjoyable read, voted up.
Kate P from New Jersey on February 28, 2014:
Thank you for writing this hub. It was very catching with the Star Trek references (a huge fan) and is a great introduction to anyone who is just starting out or is hesitant to write and share his or her work. What a wonderful way to think about exploring different writing techniques and in a sense, personifying them based on such well-known characters. Well done! Live long and prosper!
Laura Lanes from Syracuse, NY on February 28, 2014:
Best thing I've read in weeks! Great job! Shared with a group of writers I think will agree.
Melvin Porter from New Jersey, USA on February 28, 2014:
Great hub and voted up. I have the writing style of Mr. Spock.
Donna Caprio Quinlan from Newburyport, MA on February 28, 2014:
Guess I would be Dr. Spock, so need to learn to loosen up a bit. You also give good advice about hanging in there. Loved Star Trek. Great Hub!
FlourishAnyway from USA on February 28, 2014:
Way freaking cool. Great advice. Shared, voted up +++, and pinned to my Writers Rock board. Set phasers to stun.
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on February 28, 2014:
Being a HUGE Trek fan, I loved this! Useful, but got some chuckles out of it, too. Nice job! Voted up & shared.
Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on February 28, 2014:
I personally nominate this hub for Hub of the Day! It's brilliant (and helpful). Voted Up++++ and shared.
Mary Craig from New York on February 28, 2014:
This is so ingenious! You've taken something we can all relate to (especially us trekkies) and written it as something we can all relate to (as writers). Truly superb! You can bend any rule you want with writing like this.
Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned, and shared.
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on February 28, 2014:
Who would have thought that Star Trek could be used as a tool to teach writing? You obviously practice what you preach. Your piece reminded me of how I loved the arguments between Dr. Spock and Dr. MCcoy. They were always so funny.
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on February 27, 2014:
@rebeccamealey--Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! My big "rule bend" is the use of ellipses too often. Because...I like my articles to read as though they were being spoken. :)
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on February 27, 2014:
Lol, thanks Linda! I was going to do this across all the different Star Trek series, but I quickly remembered that the original was my favorite. Loved that crew!
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on February 27, 2014:
Wow, thanks Bill! I really thought about not publishing this one here. I am glad I did!
Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on February 27, 2014:
Great advice from one of, what I consider, the best TV show ever made! Thank you for this well written hub. Jamie
CJ Baker from Parts Unknown on February 27, 2014:
I really got a kick out of this! Humorous but informative and useful all at the same time. I really think my writing could benefit form more colorful use of metaphor! Live long and prosper!
Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 27, 2014:
Wow this title will get many hits. I'm a great fan of Star Trek. Thanks for the tips. I write on sides like this to learn the skill of writing well, and at the same time promote my novels. I one day would love to learn script writing and use one of my novels as a test run.
Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on February 27, 2014:
Real and practical tips that will help any content writer stay on point. Who knew that lessons learned from Star Trek could be reapplied into writing pointers.
Good job sharkye11! Voted up, useful, and interesting!
DREAM ON on February 27, 2014:
You tied everything in together so well. I laughed at the things you said about Star Trek and it was so long ago since I seen the show. Great job.
Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on February 27, 2014:
Excellent treatment meted out for a novel idea. Voted up.
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 27, 2014:
lol Very nice! I have some friends that would really enjoy this! lol
Audrey Howitt from California on February 27, 2014:
Wonderful how you have used this metaphor--really clever and spot on!
Nell Rose from England on February 27, 2014:
I love this! lol! being a complete Trekkie nut I can totally understand where you are coming from! I would prefer a Scotty to have my back compared to meds but hey we can't have everything! yes its down to us, to use common sense, logic and keep pushing ourselves because we don't want to end up a red shirt, only to be found on here with two articles and going down the pan so to speak! loved it! voted up and shared, nell
Jeb Stuart Bensing from Phoenix, Arizona on February 27, 2014:
I was hooked by the title of your article alone. I am a huge Star Trek fan, and am very impressed with your point of view. Comparing the Federation with writing is simply genius! I now have many new ideas on many new directions in which to write. Good job.
Chace from Charlotte, NC on February 27, 2014:
This hub is so awesome. I wish I could vote awesome a thousand times!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 26, 2014:
LOVED this! especially the bending the rules part. Good ol' Captain Kirk! Thanks and shared!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 26, 2014:
Very clever.... William Shatner would be proud! Live long and prosper :)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 26, 2014:
One of the greatest titles for an article I have seen in two years on HP...great job!