Paranoia!

Now, I’ve said it before: I love Roleplaying games.  I also love comedy.  And things that are really, really over the top.

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Duct Tape is Shorthand for Creativity

Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve always heard people say my ideas for stories are creative.  I’ve never really understood it, but as I’ve been thinking about it, I think I know the reason.

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Writing Rules is Hard

I’ve been working on my own-ish game lately.  It’s surprisingly hard work.  I suppose I should take you through the process that was originally “play a game with giant robots” and became “make a game with giant robots.

Originally, I just wanted a game with giant robots.  Mobile Suit Gundam in particular.  Something fun, but relatively light.  I didn’t want my game to look like, well, a series of spreadsheets.  Something more in the vein of Dungeons and Dragons.

Add 20% more fun to your attack! Oh no! A wild 401k!

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I Am Writing This in First Person

It’s been said writing in the first person is one of the easiest ways to write a piece of fiction.

Yeah, probably.  I don’t really know if I’d rank them, but it’s pretty easy to just be like:

I walked into the bar.  It smelled bad.  Like onions that had eaten too much garlic and then rolled in the trash.  Jim was there.  He smelled bad too.

And so on.  But I think a part of writing in the first person that is so overlooked is how you’re writing.  Not just keeping it consistently first person, which can be a bit tricky, but keeping your voice consistent.  It’s pretty easy to switch from writing from the view of Penn, Soul Repoman, to Dave, Pimple Faced Teen.  Don’t do that.

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Writing is Awful, Terrible and I Hate It

But I keep doing it for some reason.

Like an abusive relationship, I seem to keep returning to writing.  I couldn’t really tell you why.  I seem to have little confidence in my writing abilities, whether they be in coming up with coherent ideas or my ability to express them, nor do I seem to have a lot of confidence in sharing those pieces of writing with others.

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What a Story’s About

This seems so self explanatory.

I don’t think it is.

Stories are, at their core, about stuff.  Maybe they’re about a fisherman, or a farmer, or a boxer, but they’re about something.  I’m sure if you think about some stories, you immediate think, “Oh, that’s about a jedi” or “That’s about a mobster.”  Of course, yeah, it tells their story.

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Writing a Story (plotting stuff out) (or not)

There’s no one way to write out a story.  Everyone has their own methods.  Some people meticulously plan out every detail, laying out family trees for hundreds of years, fictional religions, thousands of years of history and all other manner of details before they even write the first line of the story itself.  Other people load up on alcohol and wake up a few days later with a manuscript.

I fall somewhere in between that.

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