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
"For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers… Continue reading The Origin Story
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?
Fall is my favourite time of year and often finds a place in my writing...it is a time of change, balance, and reflection, of celebration in the fruits of our labor over the past year. The earth itself transforms in a dramatic symphony of fiery reds, oranges, and golds-- a regal raiment to celebrate the… Continue reading Harvest Time!
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…
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
"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)
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