How D&D helps me write

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Tomorrow will be my first attempt to DM a game of Dungeon & Dragons. For almost a month I’ve prepared in various ways which translate to my writing. I’ve had to world build…everything from the world itself, to towns, cities, forests, mountain regions, etc. I’ve had to become descriptive so when the players enter a room or interact with a character in my world they can visualize it clearly. Is there a smell, how does it feel to touch, is the ground rough, uneven, etc? I’m working up backgrounds for non-player characters to populate the world (the tavern keep, the blacksmith, the apothecary shopkeeper) they each have their own characteristics and motivations. It’s been an interesting exercise and has helped jumpstart my creative energy. Now, here is hoping the game is fun when we actually play. 🙂

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