Writing Out of My Comfort Zone

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So, I think I may have taken on a writing endeavor I’m NOT prepared to do. I’ve tried just about every form of writing I’ve ever seen. I’ve written several fiction pieces, from 50-word stories to 40,000-word novellas. I’ve written poetry, I’ve done a couple of e-books of writing prompts, and I even put together an entire manuscript–back in 2000–called The Ten Commandments-Ancient Laws for a New Millenium. (Never did anything with it, though). Now I’m trying my hand at an actual role-playing game site. I may be over my head, here.

I’ve written for a couple of blogs as a reoccurring character, but the vibe was different. My first experience was in writing as the goddess Demeter at a site called In The Pantheon. This is an amazing group of writers who’ve come together to tell the stories of the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. Not the stories we’ve all come to know, but what they’re lives would be like upon returning to our modern world. Remember all those steamy daytime soap operas? Imagine one involving all the Greek Gods and their love of life. It’s a great place.

I also created a character called Lilith on another blog, though not on such an elaborate scale as my first experience. She was a bartender in a place called The Never-End Tavern, located in the midst of the multiverse. Think of it as a stopping point between a person’s death and their final destination. She was fun to write and I’m working on a way to bring her back.

This new thing I’m trying is on a forum. I’ve only been at it for a couple of weeks, but I’ve already learned a couple of things.

1.) I’m an old person in a young person’s world. I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest person on this site. I’ve just started my first actual game, but I’m pretty sure I have no idea what I’m doing. Which brings me to my next epiphany:

2.) Thinking like a fiction writer does NOT guarantee you’re good at this. There’s a whole set of rules each player has to know in order to move the game along. There’s a lot of information that needs to be accounted for from the first scene to the last and there’s a learning curve in knowing how the other players play the game.

I’m not sure how this is going to pan out, but I’m going to see it through to the end. I’m not sure if I’ll do another one after this, but I will finish this first one. I’ll also be using this as a character-building exercise. I do like the way it’s making my brain work.

Hey, if you have any words of wisdom in this type of thing, I’d love to read them. Leave me a comment and give me a few tips and tricks.


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