I’ve home-brewed my own lightweight systems, written and co-written scenarios and adventures and sourcebooks, and blogged and commented and FaceBooked and tweeted a lot of words.
But… why? Why do I like doing this? Why do I do it given the tiny amount of money I get for it, the massive effort, and the number of competitors in the field of writing stuff for people to read?
I get a huge amount of satisfaction from creation and storytelling. Writing is part of that. I don’t do it just for the accolades, although the applause is nice. The initial creative drive is all about me, and the writing is just a formalisation of what I think. If I present it to the outside world, it is not a massive amount of effort, compared to the thinking I’ve already done behind the scenes. My favourite scenarios to write up are the ones where I’ve playtested well and I just have to put words around instructions to GMs.
I like doing it because if I wasn’t creating things, I’d go mad1Not an exaggeration. I’ve been there before. It’s not pretty.. I do it because I have to do SOMETHING, and for this kind of creation, writing is the side effect of invention. People’s interest means I continue to write down what I’m doing, but the acts of creation are non-negotiable.
- 1Not an exaggeration. I’ve been there before. It’s not pretty.