This weeks is Favorite Games.
Between publishing my novel on Amazon to completing my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel, I did very little writing. I did do some Fan Fiction for Star Wars The Old Republic, but never in great detail as I do with my writing.
During this time, I was actually responsible for my guild’s RP. My guild was the Grey Jedi Order. Eventually I became the Guild Leader. Now roleplay comes in all forms, including pen and paper, video games, LARP, or in the bedroom. When I did RP for SWTOR, I modeled after what a DM does for pen and paper such as Dungeons & Dragons or Mechwarrior (where my moniker mad_cat comes from). Most people I see that did RP in MMORPG tend to do what I call Cantina events, where people are at a bar, standing around and talking. Through dialogue they reveal stories about their character. For me, I don’t enjoy Cantina events…I’m spending $15/month just to stand in one place? No thank you.
I read an interesting article from K.M. Weiland about Authors killing the Suspension of Disbelief. It is a great article, and has a video too if you don’t want to read (it’s a transcript of the video).
The basic jist of it, is writers will often time have little inside jokes in their stories as a wink to the readers, which is OK to do, but sometimes go too far and taking us back to reality. Not just books, but all forms of media. Sometimes it can be done well, such as Metal Gear Solid telling you to look for the codec frequency on the back the CD case, and sometimes it can be done badly, just like in the Double Dragon movie where we see the Double Dragon arcade game.
I will soon start writing a fantasy series and started trying to picture the world where my story takes place, but was having difficulty. I decided that I would try to draw it out, but I lacked the ability to draw and even if I try to fake it, I didn’t know how to make my land appear organic and nearly random. While there are many tools out there to help out with that, most of them cost money.
Money is a funny thing for us writers. Generally our primary focus when it comes to spending money is on professional editing, cover design, and any tools that help us release a book. So making a map of our world and designing further elements that may not be in our initial story is frivolous. It is nice to have a map, but not crucial. But wouldn’t you like one anyways?
Thanks to humblebundle.com, I recently got to play Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. I thoroughly enjoyed the games. I just got done playing SWTOR for over 1 1/2 years and I really needed to get back to my roots.
I will admit now that I am not a DC fan. Most of the characters I don’t really like. I am more of a Marvel fan. I’m sure there are some fanboys out there that will not like me for saying that, but Marvel Universe makes more sense to me. Of the DC Universe, I sort of like Green Lantern, but I did have a love for Batman. I will go over my discussion of Batman in a separate article. Read more
You Know You Are a Writer When… you kill *most* of your adverbs.