D&D, Workshops, Writing

Worldbuilding for a Family Campaign

Worldbuilding is simultaneously the most exciting and frustrating part of writing a D&D story. Not only are you creating a world of your own imaginings, but you must breathe life into it with the history, people, and towns that will all evolve as your players begin to influence it...and you are never fully done! There… Continue reading Worldbuilding for a Family Campaign

Story, Writing

Is Conflict Necessary?

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph" Thomas Paine What is a classic tale? Most of us immediately think of a story in which the hero or protagonist must overcome a great challenge, some sort of conflict against an imposing villain or evil force, right? But what about stories that don't have that… Continue reading Is Conflict Necessary?

Story, Writing

Remember when…

If you read "Why Stories are Important", you may remember that stories often teach important lessons about life and this world we call home. But wouldn't it be simpler, a more efficient use of time to just...tell them? Why waste time with a drawn-out story? Just say "Hey, don't go into the forest alone" or… Continue reading Remember when…

Story, Writing

A Scribbler’s Musings

And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream We have a large bookshelf in our dining room...the sort of square, modular kind with sixteen cubes, all filled to the… Continue reading A Scribbler’s Musings

D&D, Story, Workshops, Writing

Workshop Notes: Old Books Smell Weird (a.k.a. Plot and Elements of Story)

"Old books smell weird." The child stated, his face screwed into a distasteful expression as he put the book back on the table. We were in the middle of our "Five Senses" activity, which opened with observations about the bookstore hosting our workshop. It must have been a strange sight, the small group of adults… Continue reading Workshop Notes: Old Books Smell Weird (a.k.a. Plot and Elements of Story)

Story, Writing

Sparking Creativity

You know the feeling, right? You could be anywhere-- enjoying the quiet solitude of the forest, sitting in the local inn listening to a young aspiring lutenist, or preparing your gear before you take on that quest from the farmer with the missing goat... ...and POW! Inspiration hits....but it's fleeting. A bright, ephemeral spark that… Continue reading Sparking Creativity