On Novels vs. Games

dgaider:

Hi. I’m wondering about something. I am currently taking a class on creative writing when the subject of writing novels versus other plot driven styles of writing that are not in book form. Works such as movies, television, or video games. Seeing how you have written both a novel, and worked on writing video game plots, I am wondering if you could enlighten me on the difference between the two. — penandsword023

This is, quite possibly, the question I get asked most often… or, at least, the one I got asked quite frequently in the interviews following my work on the Dragon Age novels and comics. But it’s not a bad one, as there are indeed significant differences in the approach to each medium. In many ways the medium determines what kind of story you can actually tell.

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