An article by Paravin talking about his writing processes, as well as a sneak-peek at some WotW work!
Posted by Beac on Apr 10th, 2011
Hello everyone, this time it’s going to be me – Paravin, telling you all a little something how my work is created.
So I’m the writer.
PDA’s, conversations, stash information. I write information about the behind the scenes lore you don’t get thrown at you during story progression missions. Have you ever found a PDA on a dead Loner in Redux that tells you about spam, a missing child or links you to a hundred loving ways to love a cat? Those were mine. I will expand both of these ideas, and I’ll try to make do in other, different areas – What’s going on in the Zone, Stash info, etc.
Now, about the steps I take to write something. Since I don’t have a fancy SDK to show off, I’ll be filling the article with random MS Paint pictures, just to brighten the day.
Everything I do is first requested by Beacon. He writes to me through Steam chat, through Facepunch or sends me an e-mail and turns my head into the direction I need to start thinking about, and the guidelines I need to watch. Simple enough.
The next segment is without a doubt the hardest one. Wherever I am, on the bus, at home or at school, I spend time looking at my surroundings and trying to think of a story, attempting to catch that stray, golden idea floating around.
In time I do find it. So I turn my thrusters to max and set off to the next part:
Everyone knows an idea means nothing if it’s not written down. So I bundle up all these ideas in my head, and at the next able opportunity I start writing them on my iPhone (if I’m out of my house) or on my computer/laptop.
The writing process depends on the situation. I can write one long story in about 20 minutes (What’s new in the Zone), and about 5 PDA’s in 10 or so minutes. During this time I still search for random ideas, so sometimes the ending product is much different than the one I thought of previously. And so we arrive at the last chapter in our tale.
After the work is finished, I send the finished product to Beacon, who evaluates what is useful and what is ignored. He then corrects the last spelling or style mistakes (since I’m not exactly an Englishman, the grammar escapes my watch quite a lot). And the cycle continues as he thinks of another idea or sends me off to have a pint of bitter.
And those were the few important steps for creating a piece of literature for Way of the Wolf and Redux. If you’ve survived my antics, here is a treat - one of the most recent written ‘’What’s new in the Zone’’ stories:
And that’s it from me. Thanks for reading.
Watch your backs,
- Paravin :)
WotW Main Writer