Writing Fiction: Why Writers Should Turn to Video Games for Motivation

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Writer’s block is nearly impossible to avoid. It happens to the best of us when we least expect it, usually right about the time that something really needs to get done. While unfortunate, it’s a simple part of the process that every writer has to endure in order to be somewhat successful, after all, “successful” is a pretty subjective term.

However, while writer’s block can be a real problem, I think it’s often mistaken for a lack of motivation and care. Yes, I know that sometimes you literally can't think of anything to write. I know that. There have been times where I have went through the alphabet over a dozen times just to remember someone’s name. Regardless, I still think that a lack of motivation is what causes most people to stare at a blank page, or screen, for an extended period of time. In other words, “I can’t think of anything,” is actually, “I don't really feel like thinking of anything.”

So how do we solve the problem? Writers have different ways of coping with a lack of motivation, but I turn to a hobby I've had since I was a small kid: video games.

I find certain types of video games to be very influential in my writing. As people write, we essentially play out the scenarios in our head then simply find a way to get our readers to picture the same image. The lovely thing about video games is that it’s already done for us. We get an idea of how a scenario might play out on screen which in turn might get the creative juices flowing for our own fictional worlds.

Video games also have excellent story lines. Well, some do. There are many that are awful, but most video games have excellent character development, engaging plot lines, and tide-changing conflicts. Copying a story is wrong; it really is. But there’s nothing wrong from gaining motivation from a certain text- whether it be a movie, a book, or a game. Mimicry is the best form of compliment.

Not a gamer? That’s ok. Movies can help as well, but personally, I feel more attached to a character in a game or book than I do a movie. It’s probably due to the length of time we’re with them. I feel this attachment we have with certain characters can help us better understand our own work, and in turn, allow us to relate our characters to our readers in a similar way.

So, with that being said, what gives you motivation? Do share it with me in the comments. I would love to hear.

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