Often, I see people peddling the answer to the question, “how do I write a book?” with an answer that is basically, “well, you have to write.” Sure, but that’s a little easy right? I mean, if you’re really going to write a story, there’s far more to the process.

For example, no writer ever talks about research as being integral to the story. Yet, it is. If you’re going to write a story about anything, you must have solid data to base your story on. Wanna write something on your hometown? Awesome, but you’d better be reading the local paper. You’d better know where the cities boundaries are. Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if you wrote a story, only to find out that you had it set in the neighboring town? Take some time and do research.

Also, plan it out a little bit. Who are the main characters? What are they about? What is your actual conclusion? There are questions that you probably should think about before you get too deep into a story, and find you’ve completely lost your way.

Why am I writing this here? Because gaming is exactly the same. You need to prepare for your games. You need to do research. You need to plan. If you don’t take the time to immerse yourself in the game world you’re creating, you’re going to put yourself in a bad place. The game will suffer. Take the time to prep just as if you were writing a story. Your players will thank you.

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