Advice · geekery · Writing

Writing for Tabletop Gaming

(Author’s note: This is an abridged version of my hour long “Writing for Tabletop” panel that I give at conventions. I’m mainly focusing on my core tenets for how I approach it. Also, may the 4th be with you!) Storytelling, no matter who is slinging the narrative, has a shared toolbox to take fleeting concepts… Continue reading Writing for Tabletop Gaming

Advice · geekery · Writing

Growing Stories, Salvaging Ideas

I adore creative project documentaries. You know the ones. They’re the “making of” documentaries. Games, movies, comics, the works. I love seeing the process, and hearing the anecdotes from these talented powerhouses as they walk us through the landscape that separates their initial concept and the finished product. Over the years, just taking the time… Continue reading Growing Stories, Salvaging Ideas

Advice · geekery · Writing

Plot vs. Story, now with Star Wars

Now that I’m finally past putting googly eyes on the minor mountain of pre-orders for my new book, (and seriously, thanks guys and gal. You’re the best!) it’s high time I wrote up another article for this little blog-that-could. Well, that, and my wife/manager is giving me side-eye to prompt me to put forth more… Continue reading Plot vs. Story, now with Star Wars

Advice · World-Building · Writing

Using Tabletop RPG Knowledge to Craft a Story

This is going to pique your interest, or it will have you lighting torches and putting out the call for an experienced mob on Craigslist. It’s admittedly polarizing. And fantastic. What’s more, it’s applicable whether or not you subscribe to the idea, and it was all sparked by an innocuous question a friend asked of… Continue reading Using Tabletop RPG Knowledge to Craft a Story

Advice · News

2018 will be a battle. That’s a good thing.

First off, a wee announcement: per my wife’s directive, I’ll be taking the next week off alongside her. So, that means no content from me. But, given the sprint December turned out to be, I think I’m due for a break, yeah? But let’s get into this last article of the year 2017, and what… Continue reading 2018 will be a battle. That’s a good thing.