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Apr
26

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Robert Denton III, Part 2

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Robert Denton III, Part 2 Last week, as part of the continuing +1 to Writing series, I asked Robert Denton III (@ohnospooky on Twitter) about how he went from being a fan of a franchise to one of the people who works on it. We talked about what it’s like to write tie-in fiction, and what are some of the challenges writers face. If you missed it, you can catch up on Part 1 of our conversation here! +1 to Writing is an ongoing series of interviews with writers at different stages in their writing career, from veteran wordsmiths to emerging authors. It looks at the RPG, tie-in media, and...
Apr
5

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Jennifer Brozek

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Jennifer Brozek What does the path to becoming an RPG freelancer look like? How does that path differ if you want to write tie-in stories for your favorite IP, or if you have an idea for an original story? What does it actually take to go professional in the business, and what are the writing habits and creative mindsets you need to cultivate along the way? +1 to Writing is an ongoing series of interviews with writers at different stages in their writing career, from veteran wordsmiths to emerging authors. It looks at the RPG, tie-in media, and sci-fi and fantasy fiction industries...
Oct
26

Why Novelists Make Great (and Terrible) Game Masters

Why Novelists Make Great (and Terrible) Game Masters Last weekend, NerdCon: Stories came to Minneapolis to celebrate storytelling in all its forms. As a featured guest, I got to give a talk about narrative structure in my favorite medium for telling stories: tabletop roleplaying games. Ever since I discovered tabletop RPGs, I knew I wanted to be a game master. I wanted to be the person on the other side of the screen, the one who devises the adventures and portrays the world to the players. Coming as I did from a fiction-writing background, I thought it would be a pretty easy switch: I could use everything I’d learned...
Oct
30

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 30

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 30 Day 30: Do you want to create a scene tracker? Story and setting. If an outline is the macro level of your plot, the scene tracker allows you to delve into greater detail on a scene-by-scene basis. Again, you may not need or want one, but you may find it useful to think of scenes in their component parts as you write your way through NaNo. You’ll want to have your outline handy for this, but you can also apply it just to the scenes you know you have even if you don’t have all of them yet. Action Plan: Fill out a scene tracker (such as this one or this...
Oct
29

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 29

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 29 Day 29: Do you want to write an outline? Story and setting. We’ve covered a lot of major topics in the last month, but how do we combine these disparate story ingredients into a recipe for a novel? For some people, the ingredients are enough on their own. They like the adventure of mixing them together on the fly to see what they come up with. By not defining everything beforehand, they have a lot more creative liberty during the drafting phase and avoid the pressure of writing according to a specific plan or formula. In NaNo land, we call these people...

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