Just think of how many plot twists some of your favorite board games provide.
I attended my first board game creation class last night.
It offers a different way of looking at making something from scratch.
And I realized there is considerable crossover between this process and fiction writing.
I also thought of ways to incorporate game creation into my middle grade novel. I think I’ll have the teacher ask kids to write a story and, as they’re writing it, thinking of ways to turn it into a board game. The teacher will hope that it will amp up her writers’ visualization skills and add interesting plot twists and memorable characters with engaging personalities.
I then decided I should try this same approach for my own fiction projects.
This wouldn’t always apply, of course, but for some stories, I might ask myself the following questions:
How would my current story play out in game format?
Are my characters doing enough to earn a role in this game? [i.e. or are they so boring that I wouldn’t want to include them?]
Would my game/story not only provide characters with clear goals, but enough obstacles to make people want to keep playing/reading?
Okay, thanks for reading. I’m always interested to hear if some of these ideas resonate with you.
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