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A blog! A novel idea, hopefully some people out there will be curious about the creation of the novel, and the characters, and whatnot. My D&D adventure started pretty humorously, having gone through a bad break up, a friend invited me to attend my first session. I remember telling him, "Look, I'm obviously a nerd, but THAT is some nerd stuff," and four to five hours later, I was hooked. After I moved back to Edmonton from Vancouver in the midst of Covid, I began writing my own campaign to put my siblings through, considering we were all stuck in the house together. I worked hand in hand with them to develop strong backstories, and to include several little individual character hooks, and it worked! They were invested in the story I was telling, and I had lots of opportunities to sprinkle little tidbits of their own back stories within.
At a certain point, my sister approached me after the session and said, "You should really consider writing this down, its pretty good." and it was a little out of character for her, and I started to take it seriously! I ended up going down to Mexico for 6 weeks, and I brought a pad of paper and a pen, and wrote the first 5 chapters of PotR longhand. When I returned home, I was galvanized to continue and kept on writing.
When it came to feedback, I looked to my dad. He's a reader, but not the kind of guy to ever pick up a fantasy novel on his own, so I figured if he wasn't interested in it, it could still be good, but if he was... well I might have something special. He ended up being so interested that he helped me fund the publication process, and my brother upped the ante to join in, and the whole process started!
Anyway, this is getting too long as is, but I'm going to try to update this regularily with information about the process, and about the story telling that was involved. Might be dungeon master tips, might be writing tips, but hopefully I can share some information that people find interesting!
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Devon Manning is a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast who enjoys creating his own campaigns and sharing them with friends and family. He is also a singer-songwriter with his own solo act called Lionhearted, which showcases songs about mental health. When he’s not writing or playing music, Devon enjoys practicing archery, boxing, scuba diving, painting, and playing video games. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.