Musing on muses.

Musing on muses.

I get asked about our writing/production process sometimes at conventions or online. I never have a good answer so I usually make one up; preferably a funny one. However, a friend of mine wrote a post last  night that got me thinking about it enough to give a better answer. Lloyd Metcalf, the friend in question and artist of huge talent, posted about conceptualizing and outlining adventures on Facebook. Many real designers commented with the methods they used to form the heart of their projects. These ranged from starting with a piece of art, a map or even project management software outlines. I don’t do that. In fact I was almost embarrassed to comment on how I start after reading everyone’s techniques in the comments under his post but I will say it anyway. I always start with a title. I keep a list of them and occasionally cross off or add a few. After awhile one will click when I visualize a place or event tangentially related to the title in question. In both Whisper & Venom and Death & Taxes that place/scene/character did not make it into the published story, but it was the start. Once I have a scene in my mind I will spend time settling on a premise- a long time. I find it difficult to pick an interesting one that either  A) has not been done to death or B) foes not make me look like a pretentious douchebag. I worry about B more than A. Once satisfied I am neither of the above I do an outline in OneNote. It is here where I finally make a rough map; I use a chessex erasable mondo mat. It helps me with get a scale useful in game and its less tedious to completely tework than PhotoShop. It is also harder to lose (at 5′ x 9′ or whatever obscene dimension it is) than graph paper scraps. From there I write in marathon sessions about a week apart; usually typing about 4k words per session. In between I am constantly thinking about words I like, consistency, and believability; each thought I write, again, in OneNote. Then I cut over half of it and solicit an opinion from (usually) Edwin. I would guess of an original 20k word draft about 10% wind up in the final. The rest are changed, expanded or discarded. These are...

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Free Creature Catalog

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Get all the monster descriptions from all our released products in PDF! Get your copy at www.lesser.gnome.com/download...

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40% Off Sale in honor of SW Day!!!

40% Off Sale in honor of SW Day!!!

Swords & Wizardry Day! I love Swords & Wizardry and you probably do too. All weekend you can get Old-School Versions of Whisper & Venom (Hardcover & Digital) and Bird of a Feather (Softcover & Digital) for 40% off using the coupon code SWROCKS. Celebrate good times!...

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Lesser Gnome’s entire corporate army will be attending the North Texas RPG Con. The web store will be monitored but all items purchased between June 2nd and June 9 will be shipped by June 12th. If you are not attending you should consider it in the...

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