Day 18: Write
I want to write material for various role playing games. I also want to write novels some day as well. I’ve had the chance to talk with many different authors at conventions and online and let me tell you the secret that they told me when it comes to writing.
Sit down and write. Just get started and write something, anything, every day.
Guess what I need to do more of? One of the many reasons I started this website was to get more practice at writing. It was also a place where I could display some of my creativity. However finding the time to write has been an issue. It reminds me of this quote from Scotty in Star Trek: Generations.
|“Well like you always say, if something’s important, you’ll make the time.” Scotty- Star Trek Generations, Stardate: 48650.1
My kid who is in college for an art degree spends a lot of her spare time drawing or using her art programs on her tablet. If we go somewhere, she brings a notebook that she can just doodle in. I can see how the talent has progressed and improved. If I’m going to write, I need to write a lot more so I can get better. Even if some of the stuff I write will never be seen by anyone. I don’t have the exact quote in front of me, but science-fiction author David Gerrold has stated that he writes stuff that he would like to read. If people buy his works, that’s good too, but he still gets pleasure in the works he has written.
I’ve had a few writing and contribution credits so far on different works. I’ve already discussed my article for the Galactic Engineers Concordance Logbook. I’ve also written for or edited a large number of club newsletters for Star Trek, Star Wars, Vampire Horror and more. I’ve received editor credits for two fan-made Starship Recognition Manuals for the FASA Star Trek Starship Combat Simulator (with a third on the way). I plan to release a series of homebrew books for a couple of different RPG systems. But some day I will have my name in the credits for a commercial RPG. And a bigger dream will come through when I see a book with my name on the cover.
I’ve just got to keep writing and honing my craft.
Another round of suggested topics that were really good. I almost did an article about Klingons and “Honor” but the topic above really jumped up and down screaming post me, post me. I can see “Duel” being very popular as well. “Rival” could have been an article about rival parties opposing the player’s party.