Hello, Readers and Writers!

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day!

I think the title of this post really states what a gaming nerd I am. After all, who else do you know that could convert gaming into such a bonus in all aspects of their lives. ‘Gee, it only looks like I’m playing World of Warcraft. In reality, I’m gearing up for the release of my novel.’ I think I’ll have to try that one out on the Hubby Man sometime.

Now, let me explain how I believe playing a massively multiplayer online role-playing game has helped me.

Number one. All MMORPGs run a storyline or in reality many of them. It is learning to follow the main storylines that allow you to level and progress faster throughout the game. Sure there are small side quests. I call them the rabbit hole quests. They don’t lead anywhere, but some of them are fun to do.

This applies to writing for the same reason. You need to follow a few storylines that progress to a satisfactory ending for your readers. If run off down too many of the rabbit hole quests you’ll find that you write yourself in corners and can often leave your readers confused and wondering why there is no real ending to those rabbit holes.

Number two. When going into dungeons are doing group encounters you’re forced to work together as a team. If you do not do the things that they expect or if something occurs that causes your entire party to die horribly during the encounter, it brings a barrage of anger and crude comments flying in your direction. Yes, I’m aware that some people take games far too seriously.

You might be asking how that could possibly apply to writing. Well, that one is a little simpler. That intake of verbal abuse can help thicken your skin, it will also teach you coping mechanisms during difficult times. Not to mention, you can use it to help you learn to stick with something when it becomes hard to want to continue doing so.

Number three. This one is probably the easiest and the one most people expect. It gives you the ability to relax and somewhere to take your frustrations out. Like all things, though, you have to limit yourself or it can take over your writing time.

I don’t think I really need to explain how this can help with writing. It’s pretty cut and dry.

I probably could have come up with more, but it’s four a.m. here and my brain is mush. These are all my excuse…err I mean reasons why taking some time to play video games, but especially multiplayer ones can benefit your writing.

As for what is going on with Malevolent Mind. We are ten days away from the cover reveal. Oh my Gosh, I can’t wait. Seriously love this cover! Hands down my favorite cover yet.

The editing is really rolling in. My editor is expecting to have the first round completed by the end of this week. I can say right now that this all strengthens the novel so much. Also, I use the word tucked way too much. I don’t even know why. Maybe that was the word for the novel. Haha, sorry, Tricia. You can highlight and throw growling noises in the commentary. I will know what you mean. 😀

Also, if you are a writer and looking for an amazing editor you can find Tricia here. She is a doll to work with, professional, and affordable so give that a click and look at her website.

Remember to L.O.L (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.