Worlds teem with adventure. A framework built by a writer, organized by the game master, and the lived through by players. The player’s fate, in essence, the fate of the story, and the world within it are in the hands of imagination's role and the roll of a dice.
This is the realm of Role Playing Games.
I stumbled into doing freelance writing from meeting some of the Harsh Realities guys at a gaming convention. I had an interest in doing freelance work and getting published. After a few emails, I was able to start generating content, and now I am one of the lead writers for Elfwood.
The following guest post has been submitted by Joe DeMarco of Word Art Online
For many years, I was fascinated by the depth of stories and making up adventures in my head. But something was missing: how could I share these adventures with others?
I started writing adventures while experiencing different genres of tabletop RPG games in college. Some were inspired by video games, others by going for a walk in downtown Lincoln. Character backgrounds I wrote for a modern campaign setting were often inspired by people I met and saw at renaissance faires.
The ability to create a world, filled with characters and adventures, gave me a great sense of purpose and belonging. I now share that world with others, allowing them to explore what I created. This is the fun part of what I do.
What are Role Playing Games?
Role Playing Game (RPG) is a genre of gaming in which the player takes on a role and plays through the game's story. Digital game examples of RPG games are Fable, World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and many others. Typically, in an RPG you create a character and enter the world. Some games have a narrow story line (the Final Fantasy series for example) you follow through to the end. The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, and World of Warcraft games have different story lines you can interact with, but the order in which you interact with them are up to you. This is what makes an RPG attractive. Yet RPGs on the computer are restricted to the limitations of the developers and their abilities.
In a tabletop RPG adventure, you are only limited by your imagination and the imagination of the storyteller. In many cases, the system rules will limit your abilities to do certain things. If your rules system or setting doesn’t have guns, then having a character who is proficient in guns won’t happen. Your character design will play a key element in the adventure. Also, how you play your character can also influence the grand scale of a story.
For example, if you develop your character with a low intelligence but a high strength, he may be able to do a lot of damage when attacking. But when it comes to making skill checks, he may not be as good as other characters. Playing off the character traits like this while in an RPG adventure is an enjoyable time.
What is it like writing Tabletop RPGs?
I started writing adventures back with telling stories the players could go through. Some started off as small one shot adventures; others grew into massive campaign story arcs. It’s an adventure of its own coming up with creative stories and trying to focus on one adventure before another one pops into my head.
One shot adventures are those that can be done with a strict time restraint. An hour time slot that you would have at a convention, is an example of a one shot adventure. In most cases, one shot adventures are limited to one story. The key difference between a one shot and a campaign is that in a one shot, the story is over at the end of a session.However, sometimes it may be a small part of a campaign or story arc.
Campaigns are created with several sessions in mind. Some campaigns I’ve been on lasted over a year, with us meeting once a week before we finished the overall story. A larger campaign allows the player to be able to flesh out his character by how they interact with the world. Growth of character in a campaign is a fantastic way to explore one’s creative mind.
Finding inspiration for adventures can also be found everywhere you go. I have found inspiration everywhere from the zoo to watching my son play. One game settings I am currently working on was inspired after going to renaissance faires and science fiction conventions.
My projects have me writing an entire game world. Taking a framework built by the original writers, and providing narrative content to it. I have written many beasts with adventure in mind. What makes our dragons different and makes our RPG setting unique? How these creatures interact with the players? Yet, how the players will interact with these creatures is up to the players. While some of that comes through the written story and how the GM chooses to present the material, a player also needs the framework of the world.
A Role Playing Game story can consist of many different themes and elements to the adventure. Similar to how a novel can have different themes throughout the development of the story, and in some cases from book to book.
Suggestions for Writing Role Playing Games
Writing a Role Playing Game (RPG) has a lot in common with writing in other media. Both start with a common idea or theme and are fleshed out as the story develops. One of the major differences is in the presentation of the material. In a novel, the writer writes from the point of view of the story presented to the readers. The story is revealed to the reader to guide the imagination forward. In RPGs, the writer has fleshed out a story and provided a framework for players to explore the world. He has given the Game Master (GM) resources to help tell the story. Being a GM is a difficult task with a lot of rules to remember, a story plot to follow, and characters to present. But ultimately the story can take many different turns; even some that the writer, or the GM, never planned on.
Caution should be stressed if you choose to play an adventure you wrote. This is a fun element to writing tabletop RPG adventures but you should be respectful of the GM if it is not you. They may put their own spin on the story, which may be different than what you had planned out. Don't worry. It is a natural occurrence as a GM. They want to make it just as much part of their own world and have fun with it as you do.
Writing for tabletop Role Playing Games can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. Don’t try to plan for everything, but make sure to have enough information down so that the GM can run with what you have written.
Joe DeMarco, single father, aspiring writer and game designer, software tester.
I am a writer on Elfwood, a seafaring campaign setting from Harsh Realities. I enjoy all aspects of writing and storytelling. I get my inspiration at renaissance faires, conventions, playing games with friends, and even from the adventures of watching my son play and craft his own stories through his imagination.
"What are five new titles for this post?"
How to Rolodex; Improvodex; 5 Things Connected; All the Ideas; Flippy Paper in My Mind.
Professional improvists have been using this simple technique to boost their wit for years. In fact, you can watch some of them using it in any outtake on your favorite comedy. Some shows even use Rolodexing as their main form of comedy. Yet, they will flip through some of the fluff that gets weeded out in their mind (don't worry, I will explain how to find the best answer in a moment). But now is the time for a no hesitation game!
"Speak before you think" is the idea behind this trick. It gets rid of those silly inhibitions you may have as you are acting out an improvised scene or if you want to spark some life into your dialogue.
How to play the Rolodex warm-up:
"So this is a great way to kill some time on a car ride, but what is the benefit?"
I'm glad you asked for now is the moment we turn five bars of lead into gold.
While answering questions with the Rolodex warm-up, your mind is being conditioned for a plethora of answers to any question or scenario. While performing, this technique is often done in your mind. All you have to do is pick the right answer that offers the most to the scene. Something that will help the others spring the scene forward.
In improvisational acting, you must always give a gift to your partners.
So be sure to try the increasingly popular Improvodex: a brand new invention from the minds who brought you Void Violets, Stew the Lamb, and the Bowling Dive. Available now at comedy shows everywhere.
Written by Susanne L Lambdin, “Vengeful Hearts” is a gripping thriller that has action from start to finish. The characters are set in Colorado after a virus has turned much of the population in zombies. This group of misfits must fight to conquer a vampire lord set on world domination.
Throughout the book, you come across all forms of creatures of darkness that are working for the evil Kaiser. The few humans that remain must fight to survive with the aid of some of the fiercest vampires and werewolves still fighting for good.
Leading the charge is a superhuman who’s infected with a mutation that only a handful of others share. The story will sink its teeth into your heart and brain as you go on a journey to overtake an ancient demon through time and ancient lands.
This book stands amazingly well on its own. The characters may be a bit overwhelming at first as much of their development is presumably in the first two books. One of my favorite characters, Smack, only makes a brief appearance and adds a bit of comedy to the dire situation. Be sure to check out the other Dead Hearts novels by Susanne L Lambdin.
Find it here:
I had the privilege of meeting Quincy J Allen at a convention in 2014. He is one of the two authors who inspired me to pursue my writing career with a serious passion. I hope to repay his inspiration in my review of his book Out Through the Attic:
“This buffet of brilliant short stories is perfect for a good read before bed. Each story had its own unique twists and turns to it. Quincy does a wonderful job weaving the Steampunk goodness in his mind to the stories.
It is hard to pick a favorite story out of all of them. I would have to say that the best surprise happened in “17” (I will not spoil it for you! Enjoy his imagination yourself). Each story worked its way around the words at a quick pace. I enjoyed picking up the morsels he shared with us and hope to feast on more of his work in the future.”
I hope you get the opportunity to read it as well and vote up my review here:
You can read more about it by clicking this link.
This story could be classified as a thriller mixed with dark comedy. As a flash fiction story, the entirety of the story is less than 1,000 words. It is a great read during a lunch break or something to make you smile throughout your day.
This story is the start of many short stories that will be happening in the same universe. Please let me know what you think about it on Amazon or in the comments below. I hope you enjoy the future stories and the search for XR-404.
Food eaten, Facebook notifications cleared, messages from mom read, and nearby Pokemon caught... Only 15 minutes left on my lunch break! What to do? What to do?
Why not grab a nice flash fiction story to pass the time? I know you may have a few questions about this style of writing so I’ve decided to answer some common questions to help you enjoy my own "Sci-Fla-Fi" story, XR-404.
A man must choose to save his pregnant wife or his entire civilization in ten minutes.
What is Flash Fiction?
Flash fiction is a form of writing that many have compared to poetry. The wording and action must be very concise and necessary for a complete story in under 1,000 words. Although flash fictions have a well-defined plot, there is much happening off of the page or layers in between that get sorted out the more you read through it. Example: this article is just over 600 words. However, there is no plot so it differs from a flash fiction.
Why Flash Fiction?
I decided to have my first published work in this style as it is an easy way to test the market of self-publishing and become an established author. This story is also a quick glimpse into my writing style and voice. Although the majority of my novels will be told through a third-person limited view, this story has been a good exercise of a first-person present tense story (which I hope to reserve for future flash fiction stories centered in the same universe as XR-404).
Is this story safe for kids?
I do not use any profanity in any of my stories. However, some of the action may be too intense for younger ones. It is not necessarily a YA story, as the description talks about a husband and wife, but may appeal to those dark humor/sci-fi types.
What happens when I purchase the story from Amazon?
You are able to send the download to any of your Kindle devices and read at your leisure
I don’t have a Kindle!?
Don’t Panic. You can download the Kindle app for free on any smartphone and use it to read the story. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can also download an app to your desktop from the Amazon site.
But I don’t have my own computer; I’m at work/library/etc; apps are evil! What do I do?!?!?
Not to worry. You can even read the story from your web browser. Just sign up from your Amazon account (which you used to purchase the book) and go to: https://read.amazon.com/
How can I help?
Write a review about the book, please! No seriously, most of the algorithms on Amazon use books with 20+ ratings/reviews. If you have time to write a paragraph of your thoughts, great! If you only want to leave a sentence or a few words, great! If you just feel like putting a *thumbs up* emoji… you may have to experiment on the Amazon review page… I’m not sure on that… if so, great!
Is there anything else I can do?
If you enjoyed the book, share it with your friends. I have no major publishing company doing any advertising for me so it is dependent on you and me. Tell others about this site, our Facebook page, or Twitter account. I am also available to speak at different conventions or events in the area (IA, NE, KS, MO, WI, MN, etc).
I would love to answer any questions you may have about this sci-fla-fi story in the comments below (Can I say that? Is it okay to acronize science flash fiction in such a way? Did you just learn what acronize means too?).
In an effort to shrink our possessions to fit our tiny adventure, we have decided to start...
Day 1 - August 8, 2016 - "5 items"
The easiest and hardest of days... day 1. We decided to get rid of 5 "sets" of items. Our sleeping bags (that were over 10 years old and thinning to the point of a translucent lingerie of its former comfort), an outside table (that served its purpose on our screened in porch and will be replaced by the Wheel O' Improv modification), VHS tapes (now obsolete and to be converted to digital), some excess books (things started to sting a little at this point), and the record collection
(that had become part of my soul; now a gaping void of a memory). Such items we deemed unnecessary or unfit for our new lifestyle. Records get heavy to maintain and it has dwindled to the best of the best. Here rests the final ones that survived the many purges of my over 300 collection (I hope they are adopted to a new loving family).
Day 2 - August 9, 2016 - "Countertops"
The challenge today seemed odd as we try to keep our counters tidy. However, with the recent guests (love you mom and dad!) it had a stockpile of dishes and remnants of leftovers. We polished those off and fried the fish (caught from the purified waters of Minnetonka) from our upstairs neighbors/homeowners. Cleaning together is one of the most blissful things a couple can do together... trust me on this. We managed to slim down our stirring spoon and spatula collection. Tomorrow we meditate... or take a nap... which usually happens while trying to meditate.
Day 3 - August 10, 2016 - "Meditating"
We skipped over this one as we both believe in the power of prayer over meditation. We had Bible study last night as well so lots of praying!
Day 4 - August 11, 2016 - "Junk Drawer"
I must confess, we have junk in a trunk... not a drawer. Actually, it was spread out in a couple different boxes we had yet to unpack from our previous move. We used this time to sort through our tool box and emergency kit. After checking the batteries on a bad flashlight that leaked acid on me, we decided to upgrade our survival box a bit (don't worry, I used lots of water). We fit all of our tools and "junk" items into a heavy duty container that has easy access if we need it. Our survival kit is still in its own box so not to worry mom :)
Day 5 - August 12, 2016 - "Clothes"
This challenge came to us earlier as we began our downsizing. As it is, my wife and I share 1 dresser (I have 2 drawers, she has 3) and 1 small closet. I found a few stained shirts and extra white undershirts to cycle out. Our mantra has become "one in, one out."
Day 6 - August 13, 2016 - "Digital Cleanse"
I had to look this one up. Apparently you are supposed to abstain from any digital devices... which makes blogging about it awkward. We're going to say this means going through files and folders on our pc. Maybe organize my externals as well.
Day 7 - August 14, 2016 - "Accessories"
The accessories in my life have become minimal in my life previous to this challenge. However, I have noticed my writing accessories may have taken over more than one bag. Time to slim it into one!
Day 8 - August 15, 2016 - "Shoes"
We have already shrunk our shoe collection to the necessities. Lisa was able to get rid of one pair... I'm glad I married someone who wasn't a shoe hoarder ;)
Day 9 - August 16, 2016 - "Pamper Yourself"
Olympics, cheese, chocolate mile... podcast: www.twitch.tv/shad0fx
Day 10 - August 17, 2016 - "10 Items"
The 10 items we have away were hard for me but easier on my wife... It was our camping gear. I quickly learned that she is not a happy camper and my back/insomnia for not agree with sleeping in a tent. They did find a good home. We spent some time reorganizing and sorting items in boxes (we'll pamper more later). Those items we counted in the 10 as well which put us over. So far, so good.
Day 11 - August 18, 2016 - "Social Media"
We talked about getting rid of some of the sites we no longer use but have minimized as much as possible... Took a break from posting here. Does that count?
Day 12 - August 19, 2016 - "Use Up A Product"
"I ate the last of the salsa... And you drank the last of the spiced rum..." my wife commented while reading our challenge tonight. I have also used the last of the beard butter (found a better/natural one from Ren folk) and am hoping to use up the rest of the body wash stuff I don't use often.
Day 13 - August 20, 2016 - "Pantry"
Our "pantry" consists of a small bookshelf. We did manage to clear/condense most of it into the upper shelves. Lisa used some baskets to keep things organized. It was also Ren Fest day!
Day 14 - August 21, 2016 - "Pots & Pans"
Do we even have those things anymore? Our life is started to get stored away into boxes. We spent most of today packing for the move.
Day 15 - August 22, 2016 - "Wake Up 3o Minutes Early"
Failed. It's Monday.
Day 16 - August 23, 2016 - "Linens"
The first thing that came to mind was my renaissance shirts. I do have some left over material I should go through. Maybe that's what they mean. It's a good day to repair and reorganize my garb ;)
Day 17 - August 24, 2016 - "Cleaning Products"
A.k.a. dishes again and more packing...
Day 18 - August 25, 2016 - "Journal 15 min"
I try to journal/edit for more than 15 minutes a day but I suppose this counts. I should rephrase the title to say "updated sometimes" as we have started moving things. Since those who read this are probably already aware, we are moving to Iowa next month. Which means (on top of moving) we are job hunting. I have had a few nibbled but no good bites as of yet for a full time job. Hence why I am also strapping myself the the writing chair. Poetry book by winter or bust! So this is where we are again, jumping the fence between settled and moving. If you did not know we are moving yet... Tada!
Day 19 - August 26, 2016 - "Skin Care"
We had to rush home after work to get to the wedding rehearsal! No time to worry about minimizing this weekend... all about the happy couple. I did get rid of some facial wash and get better beard stuff.
Day 20 - August 27, 2016 - "Make Up"
Wedding day for friends in Rochester. We had too much fun to do this!
Day 21 - August 28, 2016 - "Go For A Walk"
We enjoyed wandering around Rochester and spent a lot of time getting things packed for the move
Day 22 - August 29, 2016 - "Medicine"
Still packing... (and Monday... bleh)
Day 23 - August 30, 2016 - "Mail/Paperwork"
It's in a box somewhere... Just kidding. Packing/moving brain is real now. I do have a few things to sort through and we worked on getting some bills/financial paperwork organized for the move!
Day 24-30 - Moving Days - "Things are in a box"
We managed to get everything down in 3 van loads. Still hoping to reorganize and minimize our lives. It's not about what you get rid of so much as what you do not horde. I guess that means we are for the Alliance now? For Azeroth! Sorry, sidetracked...
I hope this venture we embarked on helps you in your search for living a more simple life. What are some of the things you could not get rid of?
So you’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo and want to breach the 50k mark? Do you have what it takes? I did not my first year. I figured 50k words would be so easy that I could do it by writing an epic poem in 50k words during the month of November; when Thanksgiving and family/friends want your time. The weather became too cold for me to go outside and write as I had been accustomed to with poetry and frankly, I had no outline or plan. Last year, I took advice of those who regularly write 50k in a month and manage to have a full-time job (they even spend time with their family). I want you to be one of “winners” of NaNoWriMo with me this year.
I. BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
01. Take A Movie/TV Break
November is always an epic month for movies. I’m sure you have a backlog of shows in your Netflix queue as well. They can wait. Determine ahead of time that you are going to focus on writing. You can rent the movies you missed and your queue will hopefully be there when November ends.
02. Character Sheets
Being a character actor, I find going into details of your character before you start writing gives you a springboard. Even if you prefer to let the story develop your characters, having a good “first impressions” for each character gives them depth. I created a character sheet that I takes me close to an hour to complete (click here).
03. 3/15 Outline
If you are not a “pantser” (writing a rough draft at the seat of your pants) and like to have structure in your life, this is one of the best models to use. I have gone into further details about this outline and how it improved my current WIP (hint: click this sentence). Some pantsers have switched to an outline and have found it brings in a higher word count. If you know where you want to go, you have less roadblocks and are able to write through the slumps. Please be advised: detours can and will happen, follow them.
04. Let Social Media Know
This is often a task you cannot do alone and will need support from others to accomplish. By telling your followed friends and networked neighbors you are undergoing this feat, you will also have an excuse as to why you are avoiding them most of the month. Or the, “hey, let’s hang out at a coffee shop; I’ll be writing so bring something to do,” speech works too. This will also cause them to worry less about you as status updates start to wane or turn into frantic cries from the insanity of keeping up your word count.
II. STAYING MOTIVATED
05. Community Of Writers (Social Media Support)
The NaNoWriMo.com site offers a fantastic community of others who have signed up for the challenge. If you have not joined and stalked your local region forum for meet-ups, do so now. If you cannot make it to any or prefer the solitude approach, social media can provide needed support as well. The hashtag #NaNoProblems works if you don’t know what to post. We’ll understand and commiserate with you; we’ve all been there (why they decided to have it during the month of THANKSGIVING!!@?, I’ll never know).
06. Reward The Little Things
1,667 words a day is not something to toss around lightly; especially if you are working a full-time job, going to school, or have little ones running around and jumping into your lap (or laptop). You’re doing great! Keep it up!
07. 25 On / 5 Off (Writing Zen)
Some have said that it is healthy for you to limit your writing to 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. Although this may seem a waste of time for many of us, we should probably do this… probably. I also want to talk for a moment about the writing “zen” mode. If you are in the groove with the right music/atmosphere, don’t stop.
08. Never Give Up, Never Surrender
We have heard this countless times: Writing is 90% not being distracted by the internet. This is a word war and we will not back down with all of the attention the worldwide web wants from us. “I can’t, I’m writing,” is an excuse everyone will be expecting to hear this month if you’ve informed them ahead of time (see #4).
09. Write Through The Slumps
One of the best ways to get through a writing block is to simply flood it with words until you get one that fits. This is an improv exercise we use to warm up before our comedy shows, but it works in writing too. ROLODEX: Come up with five or more possible lines that you could use in the given scene. If you don’t like the sentence, keep writing and rewriting it until you find one that fits. It adds to the word count and you can cut the others out later.
III. GETTING THE NUMBERS UP
10. Write Rough Draft Roughly
This is the only time in your story-writing process where you have permission to suck. It's your rough draft, not your magnum opus. Make it rough, raw, and downright disgusting. As you edit it, you will find more satisfaction in the, “wow, this edit is exponentially better than my rough draft,” moment. If you have that inner editor that abhors the massacre of words happening on the screen, shut the screen off to write. I find closing the laptop low enough works best for me. THIS SOMETIMES HAPPENS IF YOU HIT CAPS INSTEAD OF SPACE, BUT DON’T EDIT IT YET.
11. 10k Day (Tosca Lee Inspired)
Are you up for the challenge? Plan yourself a day (weekend if you are like me and work the 9-5) to write. Going into this without a plan can cause serious damage to any of your relationships… sorry honey. Let your friends and loved ones know you are going to be spending the day with your imaginary friends, but in a good way. Use the 25/5 rule and take longer breaks when needed. I suggest doing something else creative or exercising related. Remember to stay away from those YouTube holes. This is also one of those “Reward The Little Things” moments where you can even get a shirt! (shirt link here)
12. Change Scenery
Inspiration may be lacking because you need to get out and change your writing location. This is why finding a local NaNo meet-up is important. They often happen in different venues. Although it’s cold (another reason… why November!?), find a new place to let the muse run free.
13. The Numbers In The Details
If you have an important point in your story that you aren't ready to write, go into character and scene detail (aka info dump time). Describe, using all five senses, the area where the scene is taking place and the characteristics of each person present. This may have been started on your character sheets, but now is the time to go into depth. You could also write the protag or antag’s backstory. Every word counts.
14. Talk To Yourself… I Mean Your Characters… In Your Head
Any NaNo coach will tell you that dialogue is a great way to add the needed word count to your work. You are probably talking to yourself anyway if you are at that “crazy” time, so why not have a conversation with your characters? Tell them what you really think of them and let them tell you what they think of you. It’s okay if they hate you, you can get them back later… (I may or may not be permanently stuck in the “crazy” time).
15. Aim Past Your Goals
I hoped to pass the 50k mark last year and get around 75k words. So I planned to get 100k words during the month of THANKSGIVING! (seriously, do they think we have no families?) I tried for 3,334 words a day, gave myself time to do a few 10k days, and went for the insanity mark. My wife knew that I would be writing and I had a great community to encourage me. Although I did not reach the 100k I had boasted of reaching, I made it to the 75k mark I hoped for!
I'd love to join you in you NaNoWriMo adventure. You can add me as a buddy (matthewenordin) or just let me know in the comments below.
Distractions bugging you? Get your organic spray here*
Strange noises erupt from the black device convulsing on my desk. I try to ignore my inner voice, but it nags at me. What if it is someone important? I grasp the sleek technology and press a button. In an instant, I am whisked away to a world of knowledge, entertainment, and social media. I feel its warmth radiating in my palm from this computer that I could only dream of while growing up, with internet speeds over 56k! (Plus I can browse while using it as a phone without the “Dial-Up” noise.)
The world of smartphones is a wondrous world indeed. It is good to know what is happening in the world of social media so we can join the conversation. But, the distractions can become worse than a swarm of Minnesotan mosquitoes. So apart from locking myself in a closet with nothing but pen and paper, how does one write that blog due in a few hours?
I discovered an organic mix of ingredients to spray away those bugs for this summer. These 6 steps can be used to keep away the annoyances. Okay, *I lied on the organic part,* but the odds are in your favor if you have a smartphone. Just be sure to turn it to silent while you write.
1. Before You Spray (plan ahead)
Make sure you set a specific time of your day for writing purposes and let people know about it. Your friends will be coming out of the walls if you do not let them know you are busy. Even then, there are those wrecking balls who like to swing in unannounced… hopefully clothed.
2. Apply As Needed (set an alarm)
If you must stay connected all the time, use a timer to write in short bursts. Most smartphones have these already installed. You can take a few minutes to update your statuses and catch up on anything you missed when it goes off. This will give you a sense of urgency to stay on task as well. 25 minutes writing, 5 minutes break is a recommended dose.
3. For Best Results (keeping the flow)
When your alarm goes off or you are needing to break, stop in an area where the scene is not resolved. If you end at a natural break, you will struggle with getting started again. This is a huge step in eliminating writer’s block. You may also think of a better twist or ending to the scene while you step away for a moment.
4. Active Ingredient (chewing gum)
This may seem crazy, but it really works. The phrase, “he can’t even walk and chew gum at the same time,” is partially true. You can write and chew gum, but your mind will not wander off as easy. You may have some other routine that helps you stay focused while writing. Let me know in the comments.
5. Subconscious Ingredient (inner sanctuary)
I had to start by locking myself in a closet. I would mute my smartphone and listen to the music on my computer while writing. Once I became comfortable in that place, I could bring it with me. You only have to imagine the atmosphere of the area. Remember that place and the peace it brought.
Robert Christensen blogged about this at The Octopus Garden: Your Creative Zone
6. Side Effects (reward your time)
You did it! You managed to ignore the culture and refuse to listen to all the attention it is trying to take from you. Now do something fun. It could be an easy writing prompt, playing a game on your smartphone, or jumping in to a live video event on YouTube (Click here for mine).
I hope these directions keep the distraction blight away. I try to apply these ointments as often as possible. What are some of your ways to avoid distractions?
Enter your story title here.
(I'm just making this up as we go for this blog) Multipurpose Fairy
Synopsis or Short Description
“A fairy discovers she could join a local performing troupe and with the help of a little pixie dust, the act takes off.” (*disclaimer: bad puns may be littered through the cat sheet*)
Enter your desired count
(and I just searched for "periwinkle the fairy" and discovered that it is already in the Disney universe... no similarities are intended or even remotely assumed.)