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

Fan Fiction · Fan Fiction Friday · Writing

Fan Fiction Friday – Overwatch

You voted, I wrote. This Fan Fiction Friday’s offering takes a look into something of a blank spot in Overwatch’s lore: the beginnings of the Omnic Crisis. Per the usual, this is a heaping dose of speculative fiction, so it’s full-tilt speculation on this writer’s part. Not canon. Enjoy my take of Overwatch’s past, and… Continue reading Fan Fiction Friday – Overwatch

Fan Fiction · Short Story · Writing

Fan Fiction Friday – World of Warcraft

You voted, and I accepted the challenge, though apologies again for the delay. Though the vote came out in favor of Blizzard’s epic MMO, I wanted to write up something that wasn’t the standard bellicose battlefield or awesome display of mystical might. Instead, I chose to write a short story that focused upon something small,… Continue reading Fan Fiction Friday – World of Warcraft

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