M is for Minecraft

My eight year-old is obsessed with this game called Minecraft, for those of you noobs, it's basically Legos you can't step on.

 Or maybe that's too simplistic.  It's awesome. Watch this video for a brief ...um...briefing about what minecraft is all about.

It's the ability to create worlds. Don't believe me? Then check out these 21 amazing minecraft creations over at geekosystems.com.

Now, maybe I'm weird, but I've never been very good at world building. Things get complicated, and confusing, and while I was looking into this game to see if it was appropriate for my eight year old to play with, ( meh, he's good), I started wondering if this creative type game might be a good way to have a concrete world of my story in which to visit for like reference and stuff.

Wouldn't that be fun. And also a good way to avoid that plot hole that's staring at me.

But instead... I present What Minecraft Teaches Me About Writing.

1. Start simply. Use what tools you have to make the best world you can.
2. Mine. Do your research. The more you know, the more tools and materials you have, the cooler your world will be.
3. Don't dig to deep. In minecraft, if you dig too deep you die, and that's pretty good advice. I think there's definitely a time to stop mining and start crafting. Do your research, but only so much as is helpful.
4. Stay in create mode for as long as you can. Yes, it's lonely. Yes, it's just you there. But the longer you develop your skills before you  make yourself available to creepers.
5. Survival mode IS fun. I'm really enjoying having my book out there, but it really feels like I'm in survival mode, and that badly pixelated zombies or creepers are going to pop out of a corner any second and cream me with a bad review. But...that's okay. In fact, that makes it more fun. Because no matter what happens...
6. Game Over isn't the end. I can always start over with a new story, ( and possibly a new pen-name)  and start playing all over again.

Peace out peeps. Watch out for zombies. And creepers. And don't dig too deep.



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