Role-Playing Helps Stories Matter
I love small groups socializing with story telling.
Role-playing games take this into the realm of collaboration, and such mutual efforts have survived transference to the virtual tabletop.
A fantastic resource for writers:
Nothing tests a novel’s fantasy setting like having a dozen people bouncing around inside it with characters they’ve created and control.
Role-playing is the jiu-jitsu of storytelling.
It’s all about live situations where players constantly challenge themselves and others in a simulated life or death struggle… by rolling.
Roll20 only requires a browser for role-playing
My current book, Ranger of Path, is based on a role-playing campaign I created and game mastered over a decade ago.
Now it has come full circle, and I’ve created a new campaign based on this book.
Go where the people are.
It’s true with politics, writing, and role-playing. I need to engage people to be successful. Hence, a website is the easiest path to initiate as it utilizes what people already use.
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Eating The Hottest Pepper
For enjoyment: Only eat a Reaper Pepper mixed into a recipe. Tuna sandwiches and chili both work well.
For a challenge: Eat something first and have stomach medicine on hand. A whole pepper or that One Chip is good for laughs, but there is no good reason to feel heartburn afterwords.
Schadenfreude: My son’s shaky cam
Yuri treasures my tears. This doesn’t make him a monster, but he is a hunter. From nerf gun wars to jiu jitsu I’m setting up outlets for this aggression so he doesn’t skin me in my sleep, and gains self control for school.
My wife and I disagree about him taking joy in another’s agony. Whether a pepper, a choke, or a soft dart in the eye, I take the pain with a father’s pride.
He’s eight and half-way through third grade, and I see more of myself in him every day.
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How To Have Critique
Paying for validation is an expensive hobby. Do critique exchanges before considering professional editing.
Avoid overloading your personal network with unfinished prose posts. Pick a dedicated site over social media blasts begging for comment.
NaNoWriMo: Many are writing a lot
It’s mid-November, the middle of National Novel Writing Month. I am doing my part by putting the final touches on a 117K fantasy novel that I will self-publish no later than early next month.
Writing a fresh rough draft within a month sustained my writer’s mind for a half-dozen years, but I dropped NaNoWriMo when I became serious. The yearly challenge had reinforced a number of bad writing habits because there was no critique.
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