Tracy Hickman joins us again at “Life, The Universe, and Everything,” and in this episode we let Brandon ask him random questions while Dan and Howard chime in with comments that hopefully don’t detract from the discussion. During the interview Tracy mentions his latest project, XDM: Extreme Dungeon Mastery, but he doesn’t mention the very … Continue reading Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 24: Writing Habits and Q&A with Tracy Hickman
We get asked a lot about our writing habits. So your Writing Excuses hosts spend the whole ‘cast discussing their schedules, their work environments, and the things they do to make themselves more productive while keeping themselves creative. Peace and quiet? Clothing? Distractions? Pants? We answer these questions and more. Will any of this work … Continue reading Writing Excuses Season 2 Episode 14: Writing Habits
Writing Excuses 12.41: Raising the Stakes From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2017/10/08/12-41-raising-the-stakes/ Key Points: Raising the stakes over the long haul? How do you keep it interesting? Lots of smaller plots, smaller scenes that raise the stakes in different ways. Subplots! Make the failure worse, and worse. Mounting consequences! Put yourself into it. Find the personal issues for the … Continue reading 12.41
Writing Excuses 11.8: Wonder As a Subgenre From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/02/21/11-08-wonder-as-a-subgenre/ Key points: Wonder as subplot. Often the first half is exploring amazing, wonderful new things, while the main plot is building for the second half. Mash up waiting for the next wonder with something else. Put awesome things in! Make a list, order them, and write. … Continue reading 11.8
Writing Excuses 11.5: Writing and World Building for Role-Playing Games From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/31/11-05-writing-and-world-building-for-role-playing-games/ Key Points: Writing an RPG is not writing a story or novel. Start with what does a player do in your game? Next, what do 3 to 6 players do sitting at a table, adventuring and telling stories? What do you want the … Continue reading 11.5
Michelle Lyons McFarland, Monica Valentinelli, and Shanna Germain join Howard and Dan at GenCon, and talk about the craft of world building for role playing games.