Writers as Games Developers

Is this a dream job for you? I like playing computer games (video games on the PC). I know someone is writing the characters,  dialogue, plot and so on.

Writers would also be involved in promoting the game (including social media). The best people for the job would be the writers familiar with the game.

Interactive writers are the men and women who come up with the stories and write the dialog and even the text messages seen in a range of interactive media from games to apps. Often working in a team, they may find brainstorming and mind-mapping skills just as important as old-fashioned writing skills. Rather than a novel, what they produce is closer to a film or TV script.

via How Writers Can Work with Games Developers | Publishing Perspectives.

The Culture of Creation Mythology

Creation mythology and the open roadEach culture (religion and civilization) has their own ideas about how the world began. In modern times, many of the stories have become mythology as science gives us new theories to consider. But, the old creation stories have a lot of character, detail and history.

A creation myth is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it. While in popular usage the term myth often refers to false or fanciful stories, formally, it does not imply falsehood. Cultures generally regard their creation myths as true.

Source: Creation myth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Decide on a culture (one you know well) and write a theory of how those people came to exist. How did the animals, plants, sky, (and everything else) begin for that culture. Don’t get stuck being too factual. Exercise both sides of your brain to merge fact and fancy. How would you like the story to go, based on some of the facts as you understand them.

Writing in Spite of it All

Since the dawn of the ebook I have bought several of them, had a lot given to me for free but I’ve yet to actually read any one of them all the way through. My brother got me an ereader for Christmas (2013) but even with that I have not gotten into an ebook.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned, or just old. I like a book I can take with me everywhere, one that doesn’t need a battery to be read and can take being bashed around in my purse, under the groceries I’m carrying home in the shopping bag and so on. I think technology is going to have another big shift soon. People are going to realize they are paying for a cell phone they don’t need because texting is really just a more expensive way to send an email. This will change publishing again. I’m not sure how but I don’t think books and writing will ever be lost to us, in whatever format.

As far as having to promote and sell your own books. I don’t think this is all bad. As a web publisher I’m DIY, other than using WordPress and paying a web host, those standard things, I don’t have help. I often wish I did. But, I don’t make enough to pay anyone a living wage.

Publishing is like a doughnut. There is all the icing and cake stuff around the edges – everyone makes it seem so simple and even glamorous. But when you get into it you are alone in the doughnut hole. It’s not easy being DIY. I’ve proved that to myself endlessly. I’m not successful and I won’t be making any trips to Paris (unless I write it for myself).I got burned out two years ago and I’m on the upside of self recovery.

I can’t not write and I can’t stop feeling I have a persistent need to teach the world. So, I keep on publishing, the web is good for that. I can almost afford to keep writing while paying the bills with a real job.

Everyone has their own unhappiness, I’ve picked mine. Not everyone can say that.

via Love and Noir in the Time of Ebooks « ASCII by Jason Scott.

Some Motivation Required

What motivates you to write? Some would say the need for money. But, you could do something else and make more money, likely easier too. Money is a motivator, sure. But, what keeps you from giving up? What gets you typing on your keyboard (or picking up a pen) even on days you could be doing something else, like procrastinating?

Knowing your motivation makes it a lot easier to find on the days you need it.
exercise1 exercise2 exercise3Source: Some Motivation Required Shark Remix – Shirt.Woot

The shark is my favourite. All the designs were sold out when I found the site. But, they are likely to have more when sales are going well.

Could you Try Guerilla Art?

Guerilla art, also referred to as “street art”, is a method of art making where the artist leaves anonymous art pieces in public places. It is often an installation in an unauthorized location. It is a way for an artist to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. In contrast to popular belief, guerilla art does not have to be done with spray paint. Other popular forms include videos and projections. There is no one motivation for making guerilla art. However, popular reasons include statement making, the sharing of ideas, the desire to send out good karma, and plain fun. Many times guerilla art is used to make a political statement, however, for this assignment it is used to make a statement about creativity.

Source: What Is Guerilla Art? – Guerilla Art

Could you write something short and leave it for someone else to find? Make it anonymous or leave a web mail address if you want to ask for feedback? You may not get any… but it would be an adventure.

The Culture of the Diary

If you’ve never kept a diary, try it for one week. Write a note to yourself every day and see how it goes. If you already keep a diary give it an update or think of something unusual to write about. What haven’t you confessed to the clean, white pages? What are you holding back, even there?

From Samuel Pepys to Bridget Jones, the private journal combines the mundane with the confessional. Lucy Scholes reveals why the diary still fascinates readers.

Source: BBC – Culture – Anne Frank and the cult of the diary

When and where would you die in a Zombie apocalypse?

Just for fun, of course. But, aren’t your curious to find out…?

By analyzing your Facebook profile and combining it with your location, we can estimate your life expectancy as well as your final location during a Zombie apocalypse.

Source: When and where would you die in a Zombie apocalypse?

Now that you’ve got the details, fill in the blanks, tell the rest of your zombie apocalypse story. I only have 29 days to write about. My ex-husband posted the Zombie Apocalypse link to Facebook. He survived over nine months, that’s a book-length story to tell.

Squatting to Go

This post tells us we should squat instead of sit. It may be healthier and probably a better idea for someone having trouble with their bowels/ digestion. I don’t see it becoming popular though.

I’ve never gone camping without modern things like plumbing. I do think about people who live homeless, people from thousands of years ago too. All those people who never had access to modern indoor plumbing… I’m sure they all squatted and used various leaves to clean up afterwards.

One of the interesting things about TV, movies, books (fiction in general) is how the basic things we do every day are not written about. How many times have you gotten a great idea while sitting in the bathroom? It’s a private time but also a time people solve problems, plan the day, etc.

How would you write a bathroom scene (without making it trashy)?

A German author has rocked the nation with new theories on how to defecate – and we’ll all have to start learning again from the bottom

Source: Think you know how to poo? You’ve been doing it wrong all your life – Mirror Online

A Better Display of Categories

I often get ideas from seeing things on other sites. This time I had two great ideas from How to Write it Better.

First, this idea for showcasing my categories. Instead of the standard flat intdex… why not promote them to the reader this way? On this site it’s posted as an image file and not linking to the categories. But, it could be done with HTML and links. Not difficult and yet very smart. I’m adding it to my to-do list!

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The other thing I like is the post for her email list. Fairly standard really but reading it sparked an idea for me. I content curate offsite, for Scoop.it mainly. But, I don’t really do much with that feed beyond adding a widget in my footer. Instead I could promote it as a source for fresh, daily information. I don’t want to get into newsletters and email lists again. Email seems to be a dead horse. However… why not push my curated feeds this way? I keep them active (if not daily, at least a few times a week). howtowritebetter2

Source: HowToWriteBetter.net | how to write better | Everything you need for great results, whatever you write

So today I found two great ideas from one blog I happened to read a post from today. Pretty nice.