June 25, 2003
lesson learned

I'm writing specifications for projects at work, and I've realized that the biggest lesson I've needed to learn for writing fiction is being forced home by the reaction I get to specs.

If someone has to ask, I didn't say it right.

Yeah, I know, it seems obvious. But in fiction, I can always say well, they didn't get the point. Or its not their style. But in something so cut and dried as a spec, if the developer can't tell what the hell I'm talking about, I've obviously done something wrong.

So I can see it now... when I write, I need to be clear. I need to use the right words and convey the right feeling. If someone doesn't get it, then I've done it wrong. Now, in fiction, not everyone needs to get it. There will always be people for whom the concept, or style, just doesn't work. When five people tell me yes and one says no, I pretty much take the no in but set it aside. Five yesses are a good thing.

But I do listen to the no, and I think about it, and I try to see if there is a way that I can say the same thing (not changing the essence) so that that no will become a yes. Can I make it work.

This is a huge lesson for me.

Posted by Deb Atwood at June 25, 2003 10:43 PM | TrackBack
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I find that technical writing helps my game writing, which isn't the same thing as fiction writing, but is similar. Especially the GM writing.

The part that helps me the most isn't the procedure writing. It's the complex analysis papers, like business cases and specs.

The marketing writing helps me with funny bits.

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