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Learn to Write

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May 8th, 2010
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I’m not the only one who’s trying to improve his writing craft here in the house. My four year old son is as well. Whenever my daughter is doing her homework, he’s supposed to do worksheets alongside her. Things like math sheets, learning the sounds of the alphabet, practicing his penmanship, and so on. Well, the other day he had to practice writing the letter “W”. So my wife gave him one of those sheets that shows you how to write the letter, with little paths to trace, and then some blank lines.

He’s supposed to write “W” several times in a row on the blank lines. This is what he actually wrote:


That’s right. For those of you who live on a different planet, that says “Wii.” As in Nintendo Wii.

My response? You, my little dude, are awesome.

The lesson: write what you love. I leave you with two awesome quotes. “All games teach,” and “If you think there’s a difference between entertainment and education, you don’t know shit about either.”

[Edit Update: For whoever is curious, the first quote is by the superb game designer, Jonathan Blow. I have no idea who said the second one. Perhaps I've safely passed the statute of limitation, and can now claim it for myself :)]

About Me

Ricardo Bare
Austin, Tx

Ricardo Bare is a writer and game designer living near Austin, Texas. Currently he works as a game designer for Arkane Studios, which in 2012 released Dishonored. Ricardo started his career in the games industry working on the Deus Ex series, winner of the BAFTA and numerous other Game of the Year awards.

Ricardo is the author of Jack of Hearts and Fool of Fate, the first two books in a young adult fantasy series.


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