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Top 6 Video Games for Writers

Top video games for writers from worldbuilding to character creation.

Yes, you read the title correctly. Not many people connect writing with video games unless they’re thinking of distractions. However, as someone who both loves writing stories and someone who loves video games, I’ve found some games can help one extremely important part of writing: Worldbuilding. So figure I’d cover my top video games for writers to help with worldbuilding from character creation to literally building the world.

Plus with the upcoming Steam summer sale, you guys can also get copies for cheaper than usual. For those of you who don’t know, Steam is an online game superstore, where you can find all sorts of games for your Windows PC or your Mac. It’s my top place to search for games to play. Now, let’s get to my top 6 video games for writers.

(None of this content is sponsored, even for the Steam sale. All opinions are my own.)

6 – The Sims

One of the most well known games out there is The Sims. It’s got everything you’d want to live out a virtual reality: a customizable character and control over where they go, get a job, who they date; all kinds of neighbors; and even the ability to build homes, parks, and recreational buildings. Basically, it’s a one stop shop for literally building a character in the modern world. It’s basic at best when it comes to character traits, but it’s a good starting point. Add family building, learning skills, and the job, and you’ve got a surprisingly balanced character.

5 – Civilization series

While not among the most popular games, turn-based games like the Civilization games give you a good chance to build, well, civilizations. Again, it’s basic at best, but it allows you to plot out your reign of the ultimate empire. If you’re working on a world with a ruling empire, or have a character who is working towards that goal, you can learn different techniques to use in your story. Did they use superior war tactics? Trickery? It’s your choice. Just watch out for Gandhi.

4 – Fallen Enchantress

Want a situation like in the Civilization games, but with an added element of fantasy? Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes combines turn-based empire games with a little added magic and fantasy creatures. Other games also exist, but I prefer Fallen Enchantress for the range of characters, the range of magic, and the range of how many ways you can win in a given game. Play as the bad guy conquering everything in their path or as the good guy just trying to keep the peace. Either way, it’s a great option for fantasy worldbuilding.

3 – Terraria

Now for some literal worldbuilding games. Terraria is a side-scrolling, mining game. Think like a 2D Minecraft with no creative mode. You go questing, mine for materials, kill zombies and slimes, and defeat bosses. While there isn’t an alternate universe, there are plenty of places to explore, from underground temples to battling huge monsters. You can also shape the land through digging on the surface, build homes for you and the NPC shopkeepers, and more! Definitely one of my favorite over all games.

2 – City Skylines

Want to create a setting, and not worry about the characters for now? City Skylines lets you literally build a modern city from the ground up! It’s similar to Sims City, with more features and control over the environment. If you’re working on a modern fiction piece in an urban setting, City Skylines will let you build that city from the ground up! You can also simulate disasters if you’re incorporating those in your story.

1 – Minecraft

It’s very hard to live in the modern world and not played or at the very least heard of Minecraft. The crafting ability, mining features, and monsters have made Minecraft staple of gaming around the world. And it’s also fantastic for literal worldbuilding. There almost isn’t a limit to what you can create from basic villages to homes to castles to cities. It’s also one of my favorite video games to play, and I definitely recommend it.

And those are my top 6 video game for writers. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other games out there to choose from. In fact, almost any story-driven game can also be used as a writing tool, looking at where character development fell flat, where the setting shines bright, and all sorts of other story specific details.

Video games are often tossed aside as learning material because they’re virtual, new, and to some controversial. As a casual gamer myself, I’ve seen firsthand how a game can jump start creativity. So as a gamer and a writer, I say we shouldn’t discredit the potential games have to fuel creativity and the writing process.

What about you? Are you a fellow gamer-writer, and if so what are your video games for writers picks? Or do you think games shouldn’t influence writers? Let me know in the comments, and until next time!

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7 Things to do on a Rainy Day

My favorite things to do on a rainy day.
When it comes to rainy days or any days with down time, it often feels like there really isn’t much to do. No work, no school, so what’s a girl to do? Here are my top tips for things to do on a rainy day. Keep in mind, I’m an introvert, so my things to do on a rainy day might be different than yours.

1 – Read a new book or continue/finish an old one

So many people buy books every year that they never read or own books that they never finished. So break the stereotype and crack open a new book or get started on finishing an old one!

2 – Start a new project

Whether it’s a new craft, a new product for your business, a new story idea you want to write, or any new project, now’s the time to start it! Get your materials and get your creative juices flowing!

3 – Discover a new band/listen to some old music

We all have that one band we’ve been meaning to listen to, or maybe an old favorite that we haven’t heard in a while. Take some time and find their music on YouTube or Spotify. You may discover or rediscover your new inspiration music.

4 – Clean a room 

While it’s not the most exciting thing, it can feel extremely good to clean a room you haven’t touched in a while. Even if it’s doing a quick dusting or window washing, cleaning can make you feel super productive and it’s a good opportunity to get up and move around.

5 – Organize/Reorganize a room or desk space

Along similar lines as cleaning, organizing or reorganizing a room or desk space can help make you feel productive. It can also give you a change of scenery and maybe spark some creativity, too!

6 – Clean out the closet

Let’s face it. We all have clothes in our closets we never or hardly ever wear. A rainy day is perfect for taking a peek at your clothing collection and seeing what can be given to charity, what can stay, and what needs to recycled or thrown away.

7 – Relax!

A rainy day is a day without anything important to do… so kick back and relax! Maybe you just came off a super busy week at work, or have just had a rough week in general. Either way, you deserve some time to yourself. Whether it’s a book as stated above, binge watching a new TV series, watching a favorite movie, or even taking a nice, soothing nap. Take the day and re-energize so you can face the next busy week.
Whatever you decide to do on the next rainy day, just know there’s no wrong way to spend it. It’s your day, so do with it as you want. There are plenty of things to do that aren’t listed here, and I’d love to hear what your favorite things to do on a rainy day are. Let me know in the comments, and until next time!
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Thoughts on Graduation and Post-Grad Life

Reflections on graduation, what comes next, and the journey that lies ahead.

It’s weird to think that just last month I finished up my college career. It’s been a wild four years, and I’ve learned so much from them. I’ve made awesome friends, gone on adventures, found love, lost that love, learned skills to get me through the next chapter of my life, and a lot of fun along the way. Yet, with graduation comes a moment of bittersweetness. I can’t see my friends as often as I used to. I can no longer go on as many adventures, though hopefully that will change. And I’ve entered the even more wild world of adulthood and the job search every graduate faces.

That’s not to say there isn’t anything to be excited about. Recently, I started looking at jobs near the city, so I can be closer to some of my fellow alums. I have a set goal in mind for the next few months in terms of moving. And once I’m on my own, I can start planning adventures again. The future is wide open and full of possibilities if I’m willing to step out and take them. And that’s going to be the hardest part. I was never the go-getter type in high school or college. But now I get the chance to be one. And I intend to start living the life of one.

There will be some changes now that I’ve graduated. My content won’t focus as much on college topics, though I do intend to give some tips as the school year begins and around graduation time. Instead, I want to take a bit of a new direction. Graduation allowed me to not worry about schoolwork anymore, and I was able to think about my focus and where I want to take it. So, I want to start adding new topics to my blog as I move forward.

The first I’ve already started, which is geek culture. I’m a huge geek, not quite a nerd, and I love all things to do with fandoms and the communities that build around them. It’s incredible how people from all walks of life can sit down in one room, watch a movie or TV show, and gush about it for hours afterwards without one fight breaking out. It’s amazing, and so unique to fandom communities. I want to further explore this category and share my own fandoms with you guys.

The second is writing, which I’ve also covered before. I love writing fiction, and it’s my dream to become a published author, and even teach writing at a university. I won’t be posting stories per say. However, I do want to cover some writing tips for storytelling and even how storytelling has helped me with blogging, too! I’m also looking to start a Patreon for my stories, so I might post a few of those here as well! We’ll have to see how that all works out of course. But I’m really excited to tell you guys about writing stories and what goes into that.

The last thing I want to add is fashion. I know, it’s cliche, but hear me out. This isn’t regular fashion. One of my little known passions (and the reason my closet hasn’t had a makeover in years) is ethical fashion. Ethical fashion is a movement designed to produce sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing and decor without the use of mass production or slave labor. From thrift shopping to only buying particular brands, I want to cover how to shop ethically on a budget. It’s a really important humanitarian and environmental movement that puts the power in the consumer’s hands, not the business’s. And I want to show you guys how you can make this part of your routine.

Graduation is something everyone goes through at some point. It marks a change, an achievement. And for me, graduation means more than just an achievement. It marks the beginning. The beginning of a journey. And I hope you join me as I start off this new journey into adulthood. It’s not going to be easy. But that’s okay. Life isn’t meant to be easy. But it is full of adventure, and I look forward to seeing where this one will take me next.