thread: 2009-12-18 : Seed content

On 2009-12-19, bg Josh wrote:

This problem with creativity is well known in creative writing.  If you tell someone they can write about anything, they won't think of anything.  If you give them a topic or a limitation, it will inspire them.  "Creativity via limitation" is what this is called.

Trad GMs have been doing this for years with all of those lists they love to make.  "Things in a barrel" "100 NPC names" "20 types of fish."

Of course, it is not absolute.  Some people have lots of ideas and are very creative.  They are the kinds of people who become writers, and for that matter Game Masters.


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