Writer’s Block: More than Missing Inspiration

I think it is safe to say that we have all been down this road before. You know what I’m talking about. Sometimes it happens in the middle of writing, but other times it can happen as soon as you open a new empty page. Writers regularly get stuck and many of us have scoured the internet in search of the “cure.” I personally was in a rut with my writing for the last six months, which is also why my posts have been rather scarce.

I am not here to tell you what the cure is, because I do not think there is a standard fix that works for everyone. We are all different people who are experiencing different things, even though we all have this common problem. I am happy to say that through a series of helpful steps, I’ve gained some clarity. This may not directly fix your writer’s block, but I’ve found that this helps make it happen less frequently.

Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. The house is quiet, you have your favorite beverage on your desk, the document is open, and… nothing. Nothing happens. What’s the deal? Usually, I assume my block has something to do with time. If I have an event that day that is slowly getting closer, I find it more and more challenging to focus. But what about when I sat down with the whole day free and still nothing happened?

This was when I started thinking about writer’s block as a ghost that will not leave me alone. After that, it didn’t take long to figure out what my issue was. Typically, when we want to help a ghost cross over, we resolve its unfinished business. So, what unfinished business was causing my writer’s block?

As it turns out, it was many things. As I’ve mentioned before, my brother was recently going through many medical problems. I had to drive him to all of his appointments for months and it was a tolling experience to see someone you love struggling so much. As much as I didn’t want to, I found myself thinking about it even when there was nothing else I could do but wait.

Looking even deeper at my personal life, I was struggling financially and I hated my job. My boyfriend and I also decided months ago that we wanted to move in June to a bigger place. Knowing my bank account would suffer even more with the higher bills, I was constantly worried about that too.

As I look back, it’s no wonder that I couldn’t just sit down and write something. There were too many real-world problems going on and my mind was not able to think about anything else. Clearly, a few things in my life needed to change.

I talked to some people and looked at a few job openings, eventually deciding to go work with my father as a cook at a local camp. Not only did this help with my financial issue, but I was also no longer stuck at a job that didn’t seem to care about its employees. All of my co-workers at camp are incredibly kind, as well as the children that I cook for. This job gives me room for creativity and I now find myself looking forward to my shifts instead of dreading them.

This one change in my life had a wonderful domino effect on the other issues I was experiencing. I was then excited to move, and I also didn’t have to worry about being able to afford all of the gas I needed to drive my brother around. Also, as luck may have it, my brother’s condition improved. He’s doing well and only has doctor appointments a few times a month instead of several times a week.

Now, with all of my major mental barricades cleared, I am able to sit in my new apartment and effectively tell you this story. Aside from this post, I also have a lot more story ideas running through my head, which I should probably write down before I forget.

I wanted to share this with all of you today in hopes that it may help some of you realize that your writer’s block might actually have nothing to do with the subject of writing. Assess your emotional availability; maybe your issue goes deeper than merely being uninspired. When our emotions are tied up into something else, it’s difficult to give your writing projects that personal spark they need to thrive.

New Year, New WIP

Hello readers! It seems that I have been gone for some time. A family member of mine has recently required a lot of medical attention, and for that reason, I found it difficult to upload posts regularly. Helping my family, paired with school and work sure has been a challenge, but I think I’m finally starting to get used to this kind of busy life. I really appreciate those who have been visiting my blog in my absence and reading my posts even though they were posted a while ago. Seeing that made me want to pull myself out of my everyday cycle and write something for a change. So, while I may not be able to upload posts at a regular interval anymore, I will still be writing for this blog when I find the time.

The hectic holidays have come and gone, and we are nearly a complete month into the new year. While I don’t have any specific goals for this year, there is one thing that I would like to push myself to do, and that is to simply write more. Now that I’m so busy, I’ve been feeling that writing itch more than ever before, and my fingers are dying to type something up. However, I don’t want to half bake an idea by writing before I fully understand what it is that I want to write about. Since my free time is limited, I want to plan a project and have the details worked out on paper. So, here is where I would like to announce that I have a new WIP underway!

This project is a fantasy story that revolves around elves and the life force of their people. There are so many other details I could explain, but I can’t spoil everything just yet. So far, I haven’t written one word, but I’m oddly proud of that. This story idea has been in my brain for the better part of three weeks, and I’m taking a long time with the world building process. For now, I have a few pages of hand-scribbled notes on how I want the elvish society to function. I’m glad I’m taking the time to figure these aspects out before typing up the first chapter. I feel like once I have a more concrete understanding of how I want their universe to function, I’ll then be more able to effectively write from an elf’s point of view.

I’m having a ton of fun with this part of the process, and I feel like I can always fit a bit of brainstorming into my schedule. For instance, I take a pocket-sized notebook with me to work just in case I think of a good story element to add to my main notes later on. I have a cleaning job which can become mindless at times; I often do my job out of reflex rather than thinking about it. That frees up a lot of time for me to think productively.

Unfortunately, I fell out of love with the last WIP I had been working on. It sucks, but it happens. Of course, I’ll still keep what I had written for it just in case I want to pick it up again at some point. But for now, I feel like this new idea deserves all of my available attention. Sometimes working on a fresh idea is a lot more motivating than trying to fix issues within an old one.

I suppose the motto of this post is that if you’re a writer, you will always find a way to work on a project no matter how busy you are. The ideas will never cease, and it’s important to let yourself express your craft. We are visionaries, we are creators, and we never stop thinking about what to write next.

Using the Zodiac for Character Development

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are managing to settle into your autumn routines. When the weather starts to become cooler, I always notice a drastic change in my daily life. I stock up on ridiculous amounts of tea, coffee, and blankets for what I like to consider “The Writing Season.” So far, I’ve been working on a few short stories as well as a rewrite of the current book I’m working on.

I realized that I hadn’t talked much about my current WIP (work in progress) since I started this blog. I began writing a book about two years ago which central theme revolves around demon hunting. When I was looking it over recently, I noticed that my writing skills had gotten a lot better since I started it. There were so many things about it that I wanted to change and I knew I could do so much better. So, I decided to completely start over.

Before I even began typing the first chapter, there was something I felt was more urgent to fix. While reading what I already had of the old version, I concluded that my characters seemed too bland and one-dimensional. Presently, I am working on upgrading their complexity by using a system I find extremely beneficial.

I’m sure most of you know about the signs of the zodiac or have at least heard of them. They are 12 different symbols, each referring to a specific time in a given year. The date of your birth places you within the corresponding sign and is often believed to give you certain personality traits. For example, my birthday is the 16th of September, which makes me a Virgo. According to various sources, Virgo’s are known for being knowledgeable and hardworking. They are also very in tune with their skills and set out to be the best in their field. However, this often leads to self-doubt and insecurities about their creations.

Of course, these are not 100% accurate representations, nor are they considered solid facts. However, that is why they are good to use for writing fiction. Since nothing in fiction needs to be realistic, I think it’s safe to build characters inspired by the zodiac signs. You can find a book on zodiac signs or astrology in nearly every bookstore or library. Again, since the legitimacy isn’t crucial for this use, it doesn’t really matter which book you use. I personally use a book I picked up from a spirit fair titled The Complete Book of Astrology by Caitlin Johnstone. This book gives a good overview of each of the 12 signs and gives a good long list of personality traits for each one. For those of you who may prefer digital content, there is also a ton of information that could be found online for free.

So, how will we use these signs to develop characters? Think of your protagonist, what is their strongest personality trait? My protagonist, Mai, is a driven high school student who always has a book in her hands. Sound familiar? After reading through each of the signs, I found that Mai also fits into the Virgo sign. This already gives me ideas for her strengths and weaknesses. While she may be comfortable in an academic setting, something outside of that may make her uncomfortable. This made me decided to make her clumsy and physically weak, something she will struggle with throughout the book.

This strategy also works for the antagonist. At first glance, Scorpio feels like the obvious sign to turn to since they are known to be passionate, lusty, stubborn, and strong-willed. When analyzing other works, many antagonists fit Scorpio. It felt cliché and of course, not all Scorpio’s are bad. They could just as well be a protagonist. When I realized this, it pushed me to look in different directions since I wanted something unusual. Capricorn appeared to be the perfect fit for what I had in mind. Capricorns tend to be dedicated and supportive, but on their darker side, they can be possessive and controlling. Sounds a bit like an unhealthy love, doesn’t it? What I really love about using the zodiac signs is that any of them could be a hero or a villain. It all depends on what you’re looking for.

So far it may seem like I’m just tying descriptive words to my characters, but I’m doing more work than that. Thanks to a book I found, I’ve fleshed out my characters even further than I hoped. I picked up Astrology for Writers by Corrine Kenner just before my local bookstore closed for good. This book contains a ton of zodiac information, but on top of that, it teaches you how to use the solar system to organize your characters. For example, the protagonist is the star of the story, everything that happens revolves around them. For this reason, the protagonist takes the spot of the sun, while the other major characters (planets) orbit around them.

Within each spot on the solar system, the book also provides questions for you to answer about that specific character, along with writing exercises that will allow you to gain a feel for them. This includes description writing, writing a passage in the first person, and various questions about that character’s behavior. After completing all of these, I now feel like my protagonist is an actual person rather than a vague idea. But this is just the tip of the iceberg for me since I have five other characters that need to go through the same process.

I’ve always felt like the online writing community was a healthy and supportive one, so I also like to do my part in providing advice from my own experiences as a writer. Character design can be tricky, and it often causes writer’s block if you aren’t sure how a particular character would respond to something. I hope this was able to help some of you if anyone was having issues with characters like I was. Have a good day and happy writing!

Renaissance Fair: a New Home for Rogues and Ruffians

Hello everyone! I hope all of you have had the chance to get outside and enjoy the lovely month of October. This month has been somewhat chaotic for me, but luckily it’s the kind of chaos one dreams of having in their life. Before I delve any deeper into the subject, I’d also like to thank my friend Dirk for posting in my absence. You’re a life saver!

As some of you know already, I often travel around the state of Wisconsin with my friend Claire in the summer and fall months. We sell her jewelry at various events and Renaissance fairs. If you would like to know more about her work feel free to check out Claire’s Creative Designs. We ended up attending only one Renaissance (Ren) fair this month, but it had some notable charm that I haven’t experienced at the others.

The fair of Rogues and Ruffians is often held in mid-October, and this year they moved the fair to a new location in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The previous location had a lot of issues. It was hard to find, it required a walk down a steep hill no matter which direction you came from, and the landowners were unhappy if one blade of grass was out of place by the time the fair was done. The previous year at that location it did nothing but rain, which turned the property into a giant mud bowl. Luckily the new location, which is held on the property of Circus World, isn’t a bowl-shaped piece of land. No more mud sucking the boots off our feet!

At first, I thought it was a bit strange having a Ren fair on circus property. All of the trash cans looked like clowns, and a bunch of circus train cars were directly in front of our booth. I don’t exactly have a fear of clowns or anything, but at set up time it was hard to picture a Ren fair taking place in a location that could break immersion so easily. However, I kept an open mind and didn’t judge the place too harshly. After all, I hadn’t even seen it in action yet.

Most of the Ren fairs we attend have a camping area for vendors and actors. Since we love camping (and it’s completely free) we always take up the offer. However, camping in a tent is very different in October than it is in the summer months. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be prepared, otherwise you’ll freeze your butt off. This means thick layers, thermal socks, tons of blankets, and the ability to make hot drinks. To a lot of people, this would probably sound like a nightmare, but Claire and I love fall. There is something special about waking up in the morning, unzipping your tent, and taking in the view of the freshly fallen leaves. As a writer, I found it highly inspiring.

Once the fair finally started, all of my doubts about the new location were erased. Various bands began to play, the actors were walking about in character, and the vendors could be heard talking in their Ren accents. It took all of this for me to realize that while some Ren fairs have a immersive set up, it isn’t the location that gives the events its magic. It’s the people. The guests didn’t really seem to care that the trash cans were mildly creepy, or that it was apparent a circus takes place in the given location for the rest of the year.

Since Claire and I both get curious, we tend to take turns watching the booth as the other walks around and experiences the fair. When it was my turn to walk about, it was just in time for me to see the newest attraction this Ren fair had to offer. This location had a lot more space than the last one, including a large open field. This is where the joust was set up, and it was amazing to see these men in armor charging towards each other with pointy sticks on horseback. They also showed off some other horseback related sports such as spear throwing and slicing a melon that was balanced on a volunteers head (don’t worry, they gave him a helmet). The humor of the show was also fantastic since one of the knights was pretending to be drunk. He didn’t hit much of anything, but it was hilarious. I managed to capture a few videos of the action for both the Melon Slice and one round of Joust.

I found it impossible to get around to all of the shows I wanted to see before I had to report back to the booth. For this reason, Claire and I have decided that next year we won’t be attending as vendors, but as guests. This location has so much more to offer the fair, and we want to experience it all.

Why Writers Should Roleplay

Hi! It’s me again, Dirk, which means that Amber was too busy to be able to write a blog post this week and I’m filling in for her again. She had two back to back Ren fairs, as well as having a huge essay due this week. Anyway, in case you missed it, I introduced myself in my previous post on here: The Benefits of Writing Buddies. You can go check that out if you want to know more about me, but I guess the short version is that I’m a good friend of Amber and a fellow writer.

So on to this week’s topic: roleplaying. Let’s get everyone on the same page first. When I say roleplaying, I am NOT referring to LARPing, non-PG games of pretend, or tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons. The sort of roleplaying I want to talk about today is the one where 2 or more writers work together to tell a story, each controlling at least one character and writing from their perspective(s). That doesn’t mean it has to be in first person though, it can be written in any format or genre as long as all writers involved agree on that.

There are several styles and kinds of roleplays, but for this post, I want to focus on the kind that I know best. This is the so-called “play by post” style of roleplaying (often shortened to PBP), which you can mostly find on forums. Amber and I have also been writing our own roleplays together in this style for the past few years using a channel in our personal Discord server. It works in any place where you can post sequential messages, some people even use a shared Google Doc file for it. In this format, the writers take turns writing a post detailing the actions of their character(s). This can be written just like any other story you would write, with the exception that it should be a lot shorter. While some sites or writers set a minimum or maximum word count (or both) for posts, I’m personally not a huge fan of this approach. This can force the writer to either increase the length of a short post with needless details or having to cram a lot of information into a short message. Both of these situations can lead to bad writing.

Now that you have a better idea of what roleplaying means, I want to go over why it might be beneficial to you as a writer. Let’s start with the obvious reason: it’s fun! This is, of course, subjective and might depend on the writers involved, but generally speaking, if you like writing there’s a good chance you might enjoy roleplaying too. On top of that, it’s a lot of writing practice you can sprinkle in here and there, even if you don’t have time for a full writing session. Because posts tend to be a few paragraphs long at most, they can easily fit into a busy schedule. I have personally used it to practice writing dialogue and body language, two very important aspects of roleplaying that needed some more work in my own writing. It can also be a good playground for testing out ideas, ranging anywhere from characters, trying out a new magic system you thought up, or experimenting with characters that have a different age, gender or sexual orientation than your usual protagonists. It’s also great to get a taste of new genres, settings or time periods that you might not have much experience with.

By now I hope you’re starting to see how useful this can be as a tool to improve your writing. Before you dive in though, let me share some tips that will make your first roleplay a lot more enjoyable, both for you and the other writers involved. The first one only applies if you have 3 or more writers: remember it’s a group project. Don’t hog all the attention or posts, this is considered rude. While usually there isn’t a pre-determined posting order, it is good practice to wait for everyone to have an opportunity to react before you go again. This might of course not always happen in a timely fashion if they have busy lives, but at least give them the opportunity. Everyone should get the chance to contribute equally to the story, even if their busy lives might not allow them as much time to write as you might have.

Besides claiming all the posts, you should also avoid being in the spotlight all the time. Your character isn’t the only protagonist, and if they are always the first one to interact with a new character or situation, to grab the item, or to engage the enemy first, that doesn’t leave much for the other characters to do. While it is fine to take the initiative every now and then (especially if that fits your character’s personality), take a step back from time to time and allow the other writers to make the first move for a change. All characters should get their moments to shine.

Tying nicely into the collaboration thing, you should actually try to interact with the other writers. Don’t just have your character go off on adventures on their own all the time or sit silently in a corner of the bar while the rest talks. If your character’s personality allows for it, approach the other characters, talk to them, or otherwise acknowledge their existence. Even the most reserved characters will at least have some thoughts or reactions in response to others, even if they might not show it physically. This also means you should try to start your post with some reactions to what happened before. If someone threw a chair across the room while you were talking to a different character, don’t just carry on with your conversation right away. At least acknowledge that it happened. Maybe your character ducked to the side and only narrowly managed to avoid getting hit. Maybe they didn’t see it coming and yelled out in surprise from the noise. The best roleplays are the ones where the writers are interacting with each other all the time, building off the things the others wrote.

There are also some don’ts that you should be aware of because these can be frowned upon by other writers. Firstly there is what they call “godmodding” (although it has many names). This either means you make your characters too powerful or invincible, or that you step in as a writer and do everything in your power to make a situation turn out in your character’s favor. Things like just happening to have the right item on hand, even though your character never carries something like that and had no idea it might come in handy. This also extends to combat. A character that avoids all blows or bullets and destroys half an army without getting a single scratch themselves is no fun at all. Sure, they can dodge or block sometimes, as long as it’s believable for your character. But remember: even the best fighters take some hits every now and then.

The second major thing that might not be obvious when you’re just starting out is that you shouldn’t force anything on other characters, or assume their reactions. This can be solved quite easily by changing the way you’re wording actions. Take a look at this sentence: “John punches Rudolf in the face, followed by a kick in the stomach.” While you might not realize there’s something wrong with it, here you’re assuming both attacks connect. You’re not giving the other writer any options. Now consider this sentence instead: “John goes for a right hook to Rudolf’s face, followed by a kick aimed at his stomach.” Here, you’re just saying that’s what your character is trying to do. You haven’t assumed the success of the actions, and the other writer is free to determine whether those actions were successful or not and can make their character react accordingly. This isn’t just fighting scenes though, it applies to all situations where you interact with a character. Think of taking or giving an item, trying to kiss them, or asking a question for example. Never assume the reaction, leave that to the writer controlling the character. Of course, if you happen to control both characters involved in the interaction you should just write the reaction, this is mostly about interacting with characters controlled by other writers.

It seems like I’m not very good at keeping my posts short… Oh well, I hope it was at least informative and explained why I think every writer should give roleplaying a try. You might just find a new hobby that’s also good for your writing. Should you want to try it yourself, I can recommend the site RPG Collective. It’s a very friendly community that welcomes writers of all skill levels and they’re always happy with new members.

Poetry: What is it good for?

No matter who you are, we’ve all had moments in our lives when we feel an emotion so strongly, we have no idea what to do with it. Maybe you feel like picking up a frying pan and throwing it at the wall out of anger, or perhaps you’re feeling such a large amount of love that you have no idea where to put it all. As humans, our emotions have the power to completely take us over and hinder us from paying attention in school or even doing what is expected of us at our jobs. They’re distracting, and if we don’t find a place to put all of these feelings, we may very well end up doing something we regret.

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This is where poetry can come in handy. Now, a lot of people assume this won’t work for them because they aren’t a writer, or they know nothing about poetry. The truth is, you don’t need to know anything about poetry in order to write a poem. A poem can say anything, looking like anything and be as long or short as you want. It can be sentence fragments, whole sentences, or even just a few words. Don’t worry about what people may think when they read it, because it’s completely up to you if your poetry goes public or stays private. Some people keep them under lock and key since they tend to get so personal and revealing, and that’s okay. As long as you are a human with emotions, you have all of the requirements you need to write a poem.

The next step is to find a quiet place where you and your thoughts can have some alone time. I know that this can be a bit troublesome for many people who have kids, or if you have more than one person living in a small space. My sister has two young children and often escapes to the solitude of her car when a day has been particularly stressful (of course, when her boyfriend is there to watch the kids in her stead). Another place I would suggest is a nearby park or wooded area since nature has a way of calming us down.

After you have found a nice quiet place for yourself, just let everything go that you’ve been holding in. Write down every single thought, word or phrase that comes to mind. You will know that you’re done when you’re hovering over the page and can’t think of anything else to say. Analyze how you feel. While the emotion may still be present, it shouldn’t be as overwhelming or as distracting as it was before. Of course, writing a poem won’t solve all of your problems in life, but it does make them more bearable.

Aside from calming yourself down, there are also several other benefits to writing poetry. Since it helps to clear your head, it allows for more rational thinking. You may also have written down something that you didn’t know or think about before, so this also assists in problem-solving. Basically, all of the benefits that come with a session of therapy can be found in poetry writing. It’s a wonderful alternative for people who may not be able to afford a therapist, or for people who don’t feel comfortable telling their problems to someone they hardly know.

I couldn’t count the number of people I see venting their frustrations on social media, and then later on, deleting the post or writing an apology. This isn’t the healthiest way to deal with your problems, and you’re also telling the world personal information that probably shouldn’t be shared. I wanted to offer another solution to those people, or really just anyone who might be going through a hard time. Poetry has genuinely helped me get through a lot of rough spots in life; I have no idea what I’d do without it.

Finding Inspiration through Video Games

One of my very earliest memories as a kid was sitting in front of the TV with my siblings while I watched them play on their Nintendo 64. We didn’t have any cable channels, so watching my brother and sister play video games was my only source of electronic entertainment. At the time there was nothing better than biting my nails in anticipation as they raced to see who would get the higher score. After a while, I’d try sneaking into my sister’s room at night so I could play her games, but that usually resulted in getting several large stuffed animals thrown at me (which was horrifying at the age of six). Eventually, my parents bought me my own Nintendo system, and the next thing I knew, I was transported to a different world. Because of this, I think I was doomed to be a fantasy lover with an overly active imagination from the start.

Even though college keeps me pretty busy today, I still haven’t stopped playing video games since my youth. As a writer, I find that games and books are my primary source of inspiration for my own written works. To those who do not play, video games often have a bad reputation, so part of my goal for this post is to shed some light on the subject. Of course, there are people who become addicted and form unhealthy lifestyles because of them. However, the truth is that the numbers of casual or passionate gamers far outnumber those with addictions. Like many things, it only takes a few bad apples to give something a bad reputation. I’m all about positivity, and this week I’d like to explain why gaming is a positive experience for people trying to make a career out of creativity.

Writer’s block, we all have it, and we all hate it. There is honestly nothing worse than a good writing session turning sour by having your fingers freeze over the keys because you can’t figure something out. It could be anything, from big problems such as suddenly realizing your main character is too powerful, or a little problem like not being able to phrase the next sentence the way you want it to sound. At times, writer’s block can back up a project for weeks or even months. For me, forcing myself to think about it doesn’t help. I’ve heard that sometimes other writers will often skip over this section and keep going with what they do know, but I could never bring myself to do that. Others will read a book… and then some like me play video games.

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Let me explain. Personally, as a fantasy writer, my writer’s block often has to do with the issue of balance. If I have someone casting a powerful spell, it would be overkill if they were able to use it all the time with no consequences. So I need to think of a rule that only allows that character to cast something that powerful rarely. Another issue is that after so many spells are created, I need to find something that would be an actual threat to these people who can use magic. An ordinary person or even another magic caster around their level wouldn’t be threatening at all.

This is when I pick up a controller and start the latest RPG (role-playing game) I’ve been playing. Typically, an RPG consists of a fantasy world where you have the option to choose your fighting class and sometimes, even your species. I’ve always preferred either a magic caster or some form of ranged weaponry.

Remember that issue I mentioned earlier about one of my characters being too powerful? This is something games also try to avoid, so I can easily grab inspiration from them. Maybe that powerful spell has a cooldown where you can only cast it every 30 minutes because it takes up so much of your magic reserve. Perhaps the spell is attached to an item that is destroyed after being used, so in order to cast it again, you would once again have to find that item. RPGs also have a ton of boss fights that are meant to be a challenge for the player. This can help my issue with creating a threat-worthy villain. In games and in writing, there are always rules like this to ensure there are no loopholes or over powering.

While talking with other writers, I’ve noticed that a lot of us like to use music for inspiration. When a song plays, our mind races to paint a picture to fit its setting. If the music is loud, upbeat, and fast, we might picture a fight scene. If the song is soft, slow and tender, we might imagine something with romance. Fantasy RPGs have some of the most unique and beautiful music I’ve ever heard. You aren’t going to run into music like this on the radio. When I was playing Final Fantasy XV I once opened up the menu of the game and closed my eyes, only paying attention to the music. This helped me imagine a romantic scene between two of my characters that I wanted to come together.

Lastly, just playing a game as a writer can provide us with many ideas. There is something truly wonderful about being able to run through a beautiful world and help those that are in great peril from some sort of evil. Games and books require a lot of the same elements, so it isn’t too crazy that they are an excellent resource for us. Games are fuel for the imagination, and if we take advantage of that, we have the power to create something truly amazing.