I am become Full Nerd

My lovelies. My darlings. My dearest readers. I have a confession to make.

I, up until recently, had never played Dungeons& Dragons.

::gasp::

I know. A gross oversight on my part, but one that I assure you, I have rectified. A couple of my friends convinced me to play over the summer. We’ve had two sessions so far, which were conducted virtually, and they were quite fun. We’re planning an in-person session in the next few weeks.

I wanted to come and talk to you all about the story telling aspect of the game. I’m just a newbie, so I’m not running the show by any means–no dungeon mastering for me for a while. However, it’s really a great game to play to help build writing skills.

The role playing part of the game is especially helpful. You create a character and a backstory and have to react to what ever the Dungeon Master throws at you, as well as the reactions of other characters. This is great way to improve character development, or to get you unstuck in terms of finding character motivation.

As a DM, it helps you build plotting skills. You come up with a setting (one within the rules of the game), various conflicts and challenges for the characters to overcome, as well as an end goal.

It’s really quite fascinating from a technical perspective.

It also really just pumps me full of creative mojo. Mojo that I want to share with you all…metaphorically. Not in a creepy way. Never that.

I am so immersed in our campaign–the story of the game–that I decided to write out scenes as we played. It’s really fun, and I want to post them here, on this blog, along with my observations about learning  the game.

I can’t guarantee a posting schedule,but I will try to keep you all as updated as possible. Check it out here:

The Campaign.

Now, I have a disclaimer: This is just me, writing a narrative for the campaign I am playing. The write-ups will be only loosely edited, and some things may not make total sense, and really unexpected things may happen because we are at the mercy of the dice. Also, the people I am playing with are as strange as I am.

So, just strap in. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Wibbly-Wobbly Story Development

All right, my hearts, it’s time for a writing update. I’m developing a new fantasy series, but it’s going rather strangely. I keep getting ideas fits and snatches, and from different parts of the series.

Allow me to explain. I have the trilogy mapped out extremely loosely. I know the cast of central characters, their motivations and relationships, and the general flow of the plot over three books. But the details keep coming in scrambled. I’ll get a scene here, and snatch of dialogue there. I have short stories fermenting that have nothing to do with the central plot, but are key to the world building of the series.

Does this happen to anyone else? Where your creative juices go full Dr Who and timey-wimey themselves into oblivion?

I mean, it’s a fun time, don’t get me wrong. I just wrote out an opening scene for the third book, and it’s beautiful, if I do say so myself. (For my two extreme beta readers: NO SPOILERS!) It may change later, of course, but I am happy with it at the moment. I would just really like some linear writing to happen. It’ll help in the long run.

I also have this fable that I am about 1,000 words from finishing that I hope to release in support of this series. Would anyone be interested in a fable about a fox? I am excited about it, at the very least.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in with you all. Happy plotting, everyone!