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It may sound strange to talk about the difference between narrative, plot, and story, but if you are a prospective writer or game designer knowing the subtleties of these terms can be very helpful. And there is a significant difference between these concepts! So, let’s talk about these definitions:

What is a plot?

A plot can be defined as a series of events related and connected in some way. You can think of a plot by imagining a simple event and then creating a paragraph by connecting this event with “because”, “for that reason”, “which lead to” and so on. …


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What Makes A Good Narrative Compelling And Believable?

That’s the main question every writer and narrative designer is concerned about while developing their narrative. From the Hero’s Journey to the Three Act Structure, we all seek methods to make our fictional characters more realistic.

Like myself, many authors have learned to rely on these tools to stand out. In this publishing rush, we might forget the main reason why we read and create stories: emotion.

Now, I’m not talking about always bringing tears to the reader’s eyes, but instead use emotions as a way to increase your character (and story) liveness and engagement. Picture for a second a…


Literary Role Playing Game (or LitRPG for short) is a type of fiction writing that mixes RPG elements with science fiction and fantasy literary novels. It was based on early novels of the type in South Korea, like The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. It then gained popularity among Russian readers and writers, where EKSMO (a major Russian publisher) released a title birthing the LitRPG name and making it an official literary genre in 2013.

Since then, it has been gaining popularity in America, with various titles being released by independent authors on Amazon. …


For those unfamiliar with the MIT Challenge, it can be described as an attempt to learn the entire 4-year bachelor's degree in Computer Science proposed by the thinker Scott H. Young. He took all courses in an online fashion by using pre-recorded classes from the MIT OpenCourseWare listing.

This whole challenge was created before the popularization and proposal of the MOOC platforms and attracted a lot of buzz from various universities, students and independent learners alike. Complete detailed information on why Scott did it can be viewed in his TEDx talk.

If you think this idea is crazy, just know…

Gabriel Natucci

I’m a data scientist turned to game and narrative design, working to create better games for educational purposes. Follow my work at thelearningtab.com

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