Here’s a question for you: What’s the difference between an ebook and a standalone game? Well, in case you’re wondering, an ebook is any kind of digital book that you can legally distribute (usually for free) online, whilst a standalone game is a piece of software that’s designed to be played on a single device (usually a smartphone or tablet).
What often gets confused is that an ebook is not necessarily a standalone game. For example, many “classics” of the ereading world were originally written for print and always had additional content available in book form. These days, many “classics” are available as both an ebook and a standalone game (note: some aren’t).
So, if you’ve been wondering how to write a blockbuster game (or ebook), here are three steps to getting you started:
Step one: Set a goal
Firstly, you need to set a goal. This could be as simple as wanting to write a novel or as ambitious as wanting to write a best-selling game. Set a goal, and then work towards it.
Having a goal will give you a reason to keep writing, and it will make your writing much more enjoyable. If you’re writing for a game, setting a goal will give you something to aim for. If you want to write a novel, setting a goal will help you decide how long your story needs to be. In either case, setting a goal will keep you motivated, and it will improve the quality of your work.
Step two: Find your voice
You need to find your writing voice. In other words, you need to find the way that you naturally write. We all use different tones and expressions, and it is totally normal (and, in fact, desirable) that your writing should reflect your unique personality. Finding your voice will take some time, but it’s worth it. Once you’ve found it, you’ll be able to write in a way that feels authentic and true to you.
Step three: Create characters and settings
Now that you have your unique voice, it’s time to populate your story with believable characters that audiences will want to follow and identify with. Set the scene. It’s important to get the world of your story right. Choose a time and place. What’s the weather like? Is it cold or hot? Is it day or night? Do you have a setting that you find particularly apt and that you want to make sure is accurately portrayed?
Characters and settings are two sides of the same coin. Without them, your story will lack any real substance. It’s important to remember that not all settings have to do with the plot – it’s often used to describe a character or an emotion. Take your time and make sure that you choose the right ones. They will make or break your story.
When you think about writing a book (or game) it can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about – story, characters, setting, style. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by all of the new things that you need to learn, and forget about what got you there in the first place. If you follow these three steps, you’ll be able to write a book that will stick out among the masses and become a best-seller.
So, there you have it – three steps to writing a blockbuster game or book. Remember to find your voice, create believable characters and settings, and follow the right path – and you’ll be on your way to writing a bestselling novel (or game) in no time!