A couple of years ago, I came to realize that if I was going to write, I needed to stop writing fan fic, stop borrowing other people’s worlds, and start creating my own. To my surprise, creating a world with its own backstory, rules, magic system, and races proved much harder than I thought it was going to be. My brain and I guess my imagination are so hardwired in gaming that it’s hard to for me to construct in other ways. So I decided to think outside the box, or rather, inside a box I was more familiar with. When I started considering my world and character race creations in gaming terms, it all got a lot easier.
And then, because it is hard for me to pull imagination out of my ass, I decided I really needed to run a game to solidify ideas, see if they actually worked, and to shamelessly use other folk’s characters in my world building. Thus was born my short run Splintered Kingdoms PBeM game based loosely on Amber Diceless and BESM structure.
Very nice, Amanda, you might say. We’re happy for you, but what does this have to do with a hill of beans? Well, I answer: I have a whole boat load of work just lying around perfectly useless because it’s fan fiction. I pulled a short story out the other day, dusted it off by removing the fan elements from the beginning, changed the focus up a bit, and viola, the beginning of a new story roughed out.
This made me realize I was sitting on a veritable landfill of interrelated stories that are NOT fan based, but gaming based and handily come with a solid cast of characters. All of which can be connected to the book idea I’m working on now because my current book idea sprang from the fan fiction that sprang from the Amber DRPG I was playing which started as a diary entry to explain why my character could shapeshift (welcome to the convoluted and domino effect of my mind). My brain ‘sploded everywhere with ideas.