From short stories and novels to sitcoms and big movies, writers are an essential part of a process. Sometimes writers are solely responsible for the genesis and execution of a creative work. At other times, they are brought in to complete a project, spruce up the dialogue, or complete an ongoing project with new characters in need of motivation or subplots and side-adventures. Each medium, genre and format that requires writing works a little differently; we’re probably all most familiar with writing tips for big and small screens. In this article, however, we’ll look at some ways to pursue a career as a writer in my world: games and the metaverse.
Creative writing for video games has quickly become one of the most innovative arenas for writers in the 21st century. Imagine Todd Meier’s “Civilization” without the leader’s motivations, steampunk storylines, and nostalgic narrator musings to distract and amuse while the game loads. No comic book-based action-adventure game would have momentum if not successfully adapted from its source material of lengthy scripts to bring characters and story to life. RPGs with their various outcomes just don’t feel organic without realistic consequences to smooth out the action in cutscenes. And let’s not forget that the cutscenes themselves can be longer than entire trilogies worthy of their own edited presentations on YouTube.
As with any other profession, skills need to be developed, maintained and honed. A background in creative fiction writing may not be necessary for everyone, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the skills and experience that come with that particular degree when looking for a job. . Even spending time in a college drama department can gain valuable skills when it comes to directing comedians to bring your characters to life.
On the other hand, having an understanding of the nuances of back-end game creation and development can be just as helpful when constructing a realistic and cohesive narrative for a digital universe. Understanding the creative limits and potential of coding will give you, the writer, the context of how the overall product is developed with developers on the technical side.
Here are some recommended steps you can take now:
- Really, really, obsessively study video games. Play them to be sure, but take notes on the successes and failures of each. Is there a thread or theme that runs from the opening credits to your signature? Do characters interact in hyper-specific ways with each other, their environment, and player prompts and buttons?
- Be the writer you want to become. Writers write – don’t just dream it, be it. Write short stories and short stories because you love telling stories. Write poetry to make your prose shine. Keep a journal of ideas, notes, brief snippets of real and imagined conversations.
- Look for postings in local publications for work experience, whether or not it brings in a paycheck. Reviews and comments provided by editors and fellow writers will be essential in your personal writing process. Writing for a timed post will also teach you the importance of meeting a deadline.
- Make friends with other writers! Even the best-known writers would never tell you the time of day. Join creative collaborations with hobby artists and game designers, many of whom frequent game stores where good old-school RPGs are sold. Established writers don’t have all the time in the world for people who aren’t serious; but if you’re tenacious and respectful of the craft and show real promise in your work, you’ll find that 99% of professional writers are somewhat approachable and there are plenty of ways this shows up.
- Discover digital art! As digital artworks and artists become part of the vernacular and bridge the gap between fine art and gaming, taking the time to catch a show or dive deep into the art archive digital will provide you with a basic understanding of imagery and the creation of universes. you are going to write about – context is everything!
- Create your own hypothetical video game or find someone who can turn your ideas into a real interactive prototype. Be willing to hire someone and don’t be afraid to fight for the integrity of your vision while giving in to the limitations of technology. Remember that you are still learning the creative process here and see it as a stepping stone to future success.
- Build your writing portfolio. The more work you can show potential partners and employers, the better. Also consider the range and type of work in your portfolio. Don’t be afraid to include a variety of writing projects and experiences – nothing is too short or off-base as long as it’s quality.
- Apply for industry jobs and interview. Learn how to accept criticism and “no” for an answer and how to persist without being a pest. Do it for practice and don’t be afraid to come back for more. Many employers end up hiring the person who seems to want the job the most.
Be patient. Nobody gets what they want quickly, especially in a competitive field like video game design, but be persistent and this practice will eventually pay off.
Robert Bell is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who founded 2B3D Inc in 2020 as an all-in-one game studio, non-fungible token currency, auction house, and storage system. Bell’s mission was to push the boundaries of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies to help military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Its mission to bring peace and healing to veterans is fueled by games to earn, utility NFTs, and access to an exclusive in-game cryptocurrency within a larger decentralized metaverse. Bell is also the founder and CEO of Bell Medical solutions.