Most of you know I've been taking some time off (which is the norm for me). I haven't written a single word in over three weeks. Feels great for once.
You may or may not know that I'm a GINORMOUS World of Warcraft fan. It's pretty much my life (because living in a small town sucks). I look forward to getting home every day just so I can enter this different world. And all that time spent with elves and dwarves put a new perspective on my ever-growing imagination.
(By now I know you're like WTF THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WRITING. Sit tight for a sec. I'm getting there.)
Think about it--the creators of video games/RPG's have to have some sort of imagination; otherwise, they couldn't design such vast empires or deadly mobs or the fact that some other player could gank you. And believe it or not, there is a lot of writing involved. I know in WoW there are WELL OVER 5,000 quests in the game. Each quest is different. And each has a long text to accompany it. Think about how many words that is. Think of all the actors they hired to record voices for the scripted boss sequences, or the fact that if you click on an NPC he/she will say something different each time.
There are moments when I sit back and I'm in awe of the world Blizzard has created and how beautiful it is, even if it is just graphics. But writing is the same, right? You want everyone to see the gorgeous world you created, even though it's not real. *insert grin here*
When I read, I want to feel like I'm right there with the MC. I want to explore and touch and taste and smell everything. There have been times (with very few books, I might add) where I can literally smell and taste whatever is described. I want to visualize everything. From mountains to deserts to weathered neighborhoods. Details are important to the reader. They need to be in the world you created. If I don't have an idea where anything is at, how am I supposed to follow along? That's an automatic I'mreturningthisbooktotheshelfsoitcangatherdust.
In closing, my blog minions, I want to leave you with some great screenshots from the game. Not only are they stunning, but they get the gears turning, don't they?