Category Archives: Video Games

WHAT MAKES A MONSTER SCARY?

The clock is ticking on the imminent release of Writing Monsters, so how about a full chapter to whet your appetite? I’d like to meet the first person who ever ate a lobster. Imagine being the first to pick up … Continue reading

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WRITING MONSTERS

At last it can be revealed in all its glory: my upcoming book from Writer’s Digest: Writing Monsters. Picking up where The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction left off, at least in the case of monsters, this book … Continue reading

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BOUGHT!

Saturday was National Buy a Book Day and once again, we went out as a family and . . . you guessed it . . . bought books! I’ve asked people to do three things in honor of National Buy a Book Day: 1. … Continue reading

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I GEEK, YOU GEEK

Let’s call this one a love letter to jocks everywhere . . . I’m a geek. I’m a nerd, too. In England they’d call me an anorak. If I were to travel to Japan I would be an otaku, I think. The definition … Continue reading

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OUCH!

I’ve been thinking about pain lately. I know that might sound terribly grim and negative, but I can’t help it. I have this toothache, see, and it’s difficult to think about anything else. When I wake up in the morning … Continue reading

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ON AUTHORSHIP

Lately I’ve been hearing a little bit about the idea of “authorship” in the video game business, and have been asked at seminars and workshops about writing for video games. I come from a gamer background, but for a gentleman … Continue reading

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PREDATOR/PREY: WHY MONSTERS ARE SCARY

I love monsters. I love monster movies, monsters in books, monsters in games . . . I have a huge collection of role-playing game products, stretching back to my first encounter with the medium in the summer of 1978. I have cycled through … Continue reading

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NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR GREAT IDEA

Years ago, I was chatting with my friend Jess Lebow, and told him about this great idea I had for a video game. I don’t even remember the idea anymore, but I do remember his response: “No one cares about … Continue reading

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A DAY OF ME3TINGS

I’m afraid all I can spare this week is the lightest of blog posts, and with only a teaspoonful of actual advice for authors. Tomorrow morning I leave for the airport at about 5:00 am for a 7:25 flight from … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XIII: COLUMBINE

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think science fiction and fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may … Continue reading

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