The Zombie Apocalypse as a writing tool

Walking Dead Screenshot

I’ve been playing the Walking Dead, season 2, a video game about the zombie apocalypse, as you can see in the screenshot above. It got me thinking, and I’m going to take a look at the zombie apocalypse from a writer’s perspective. Continue reading “The Zombie Apocalypse as a writing tool”

Writing smell: White Room Syndrome

WhiteRoom

Writing a story is like juggling; there are a lot of considerations spinning through the air and you somehow have to keep all of them up. You have to have snappy dialog, but paced well, good description, but not too much, character arcs, a well thought-out plot, and so forth.

To be able to take all these considerations correctly into account, you first need to know what they are, and what can go wrong. You need to know when your writing smells, and what it smells of. The writing smell for today: white room syndrome. Continue reading “Writing smell: White Room Syndrome”

Role-playing for writing

Role-playing

I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games for two decades. As a storyteller, I’ve found that role-playing a character or running a session has a lot in common with running a string of writing exercises, with immediate, sometimes in-your-face, feedback. Continue reading “Role-playing for writing”