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Bill Bodden Ultimately, I prefer writing fiction, because I generally have a bit more latitude. It can be very rewarding to write in someone else's world using…moreUltimately, I prefer writing fiction, because I generally have a bit more latitude. It can be very rewarding to write in someone else's world using their characters and specs, so the RPG writing I do does offer many opportunities for creativity. However, I often find that if I have a sudden inspiration, I usually can't include it in that kind of writing work because it tends to go "off book".

More mainstream non-fiction can also be rewarding, but most of my work has been in non-traditional (i.e. gaming) non-fiction venues. Even though writing for games is essentially making things up, when one deals with historical subjects within the game framework -- as I often do -- it requires research and keeping a lid on my wilder impulses so the material doesn't get too far out of whack.

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Bill Bodden I go by the seat of my pants with fiction, just because inspiration often shows me a better place to go than I originally had in mind. In truth, I…moreI go by the seat of my pants with fiction, just because inspiration often shows me a better place to go than I originally had in mind. In truth, I should really re-learn how to outline properly and outline stories regularly, because it probably would help me tremendously with structure.
For RPG work I usually have a general outline I need to stick to, but in most cases it's very loosely defined so I still have some room to change things around.(less)
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Bill Tammy wrote: "Well Bill, I've already added some of your picks to my ever growing 'too-read' list. Thank!"

Thanks for friending me, Tammy; hope you enjoy my picks!

Bill


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Tammy Well Bill, I've already added some of your picks to my ever growing 'too-read' list. Thank!


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Tammy Thanks for the add. I look forward to your reviews!


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