Why Do I Love the LitRPG Genre?

As a full-time self-published author, I’m always looking at the money side of the business to ensure my lights stay on. With that said, I love the creative writing part of my job. Occasionally over the last few years, I’ve had to choose between writing what I love to read and writing to make a living.

Late last year, Dean Wesley Smith wrote on his blog: “Artistic freedom means you can write whatever novel or story you want. You can chase markets for more money or you can chase your own dreams, or a combination of both.”

Up until this point in my career as a full-time writer, I’ve concentrated more on chasing the romance market for money. After writing millions of words in a genre I’m not passionate about, I’m excited to be getting into LitRPG. 

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Let’s Talk About Maps in LitRPG Books

On to other, more important matters! Small smile. In all seriousness, I wanted to get some feedback from LitRPG readers and authors about maps for books in the genre. Are they necessary? Helpful? I’m going to share some of my thoughts, but I’d love to get some feedback.

Here’s a map I’m designing for Goblin: Tower of Gates Book One. It’s still in the initial stages, but what I’ve discovered is that building it helped me build a more realistic world for my novel. Perhaps that sounds like common sense, but it pleasantly surprised me. 

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