John Green has great advice for writers. I wonder if his technique will inspire more creative writing teachers to play video games while lecturing the class?
"One of the reasons that I spend so long writing first drafts of my stories is that it takes me a first draft to get to know the characters, and to understand what's important to them, and to understand what's going to define them in terms of language. What kind of words are they going to be made out of. Because that's when they start to feel real to me. It's not a matter of being able to quote, unquote picture them. It's more a matter of being able to understand them and imagine what it's like to be them." -- author John Green