Posts related to game creation and writing advice.

3 Reasons I Use a Timeline to Plan when I Create a Universe

Hi everyone! Ed here, and today I'm going to talk to you about three ways that a planned timeline of events can make your work seem especially awesome. 1: It helps you figure out how the story will progress This is a really important part of writing; knowing where your story is going to go allows you to ensure that it follows a direction that you intend right from the start. I've written previously about character-driven stories, but I also mentioned that sometimes you need an event to push that character forwards. If you're planning out a... more

How To Build a Hero

Hi everyone! Ed here and today I'm going to talk to you about how to build a hero. There are a few things that I think you ought to realise when you're trying to build a protagonist for your story. I'm primarily going to focus on heroes as opposed to anti-heroes in this particular article. A hero is someone who is going to fix the problem with your world. If you've read some of my previous articles or attended my webinar, you will know that the central conflict of the world is the driving factor for your story. The hero is going to go out and they're going to fix that central... more

Why Your Personal Limits Don’t Have to be a Barrier to Creativity

Hi, everyone, Ed here! Today I'm going to talk about what you're what you need to do if you're going to reach the limit of what you're capable of. Every creator will run into a blocker from time to time - you will find something that you're not able to do. Personally, I'm not much of an artist! So when I reach! the limit of my capabilities, I have two choices. There's a saying that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. I have found this to be broadly true. Interestingly, if you multiply as up to 40 hours a week, every week, you come to roughly five years of time. So you need to ask... more

5 Reasons that Writing The Book You Always Wanted To is Worth Your Time!

Hi everyone, Ed here! Today, I'm going to talk about five reasons why writing the book you always wanted to is definitely worth your time.1. You don't have to write it all at once...There are methods by which you can prompt yourself to write a book all at the same time. NaNoWriMo is an excellent example of that, where people are given encouragement to write 2000 words per day for the month of November, so you end up with a 60,000 word novel at the end of that month. However, if you're aiming for a 60,000 word novel, and you don't feel like you can commit an hour or two every day to... more

Three Quick Tips to Make Sure YOUR Story is the Best You Can Write!

Hi everyone, Ed here from Shades of Vengeance! Today, I'm going to be giving you my three best quick tips for writing your story. 1. Start with Feelings Begin what you are trying to create with the feelings that you want to evoke within the universe (not necessarily within the reader!). How does it feel? Is it positive, is it negative? Are people optimistic, or are people angry and at each other's throats. What is it that people feel like when they live within this setting? That may include details on the size of the setting, because depending on the size,... more

Five Ways to Make Sure that YOUR Universe is “Complete” and “Immersive”.

Hi everyone! Today, I am talking creativity and universe building. Here are 5 simple things you can do to make sure your universe is as complete and immersive as possible:  1. Understand How it Feels to Live in the UniverseStart with the feelings that people within the universe experience. This is an absolutely vital part of building a universe, because it is the feelings that people will connect to when they experience something. Whether it's a fantasy universe with wonder and magic or a cyberpunk future where the corporations suppress everyone who just wants to live their... more

Three Things YOU can do Today to Break your Creative Silence.

Hi there! Everyone has spare energy at some point during the day. And it's often very difficult to know the way in which you can change this into actual productivity and break that silence in your creative life. Here are three thing that I do in order to ensure that I remain creative and use that energy in the best way possible.1. Identify your "Spare Time" and Use It! Most of us spend a lot of time travelling on public transport or driving, or even washing up. While we are doing these things which are relatively mindless, we're often able to use that time to actually create... more