Dungeons and Dragons and Creative Writing

When I was 14 years old, I ran a weekly D&D game with my friends and had to come up with stories--sometimes on the fly. The purpose of D&D is that you have a storyteller, known as the Dungeon Master, who narrates the story to the players. This includes the setting, plot, and non-essential characters. The players are the ones who tell the Dungeon Master what the essential characters do--and as any writer knows, your characters can often screw up your intentions for the plot.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is perhaps my favourite time of year. Partly because it's an excuse to eat as much candy as I want, but also because I love dressing up as a character. As a writer, I don't often dress up a someone else's character, so when I go to parties people have a hard time figuring …