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Writing Excuses 7.36: Writing Gaming Fiction with Monte Cook

Writing Excuses 7.36: Writing Gaming Fiction with Monte Cook

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/26/writing-excuses-7-36-writing-gaming-fiction-with-monte-cook/

Key points: When you are writing prose, you are the storyteller. When you are writing for a role-playing game, you enable someone else to be the storyteller. When you are writing a role-playing game module, you're not telling a great story, you're covering all sorts of contingencies and making them all equally valid. Good nonplayer characters are memorable. Good world building for role-playing games means a setting that is interesting for multiple stories. Creating tension and humor in a role-playing game campaign and a story are often very different.
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[Monte] How about… The writing prompt is, for some reason, a character is put into the head of… Into the body of another character.
[Brandon] Okay. Great writing prompt. Thank you so much. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
[Applause]
[Mary] Thank you. That was great.
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