The Narrative Problem with Ghost Recon Wildlands

How do you make a nonlinear story have resonance and meaningful impact, especially when the audience can do whatever they want. Yes, let’s talk about video games. Specifically,¬†Ghost Recon Wildlands. Ubisoft made a rich, entertaining world. Their story though? Not great. The sacrifice made at the altar of player agency was compelling narrative and story resolution. Continue reading

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Writers: Write Like a Filmmaker

I am not an expert. I don’t have a bundle of best sellers under my belt. I’m not going to tell you that I have all the answers. But I like to read. I like to read books and like I watch films. I started my career as a video editor. I’ve made short films. I’ve seen how the medium has become democratized by digital equipment, and I have seen how that has made story more important than Hollywood budgets. I’ve also seen self-publishing democratize fiction writing in much the same way. So I married those two ideas together, and this is where we’re left: a few insights on how to write your book like a filmmaker. Continue reading