I wrote my first book at eighteen but it was terrible. So I stopped writing for a long time and instead I played roleplaying games as a creative outlet (DnD, Legend of the Five Rings, Live Action, you name it, I probably played it). In the world of roleplaying, I learnt how to build a good world. A world with plot hooks and realistic societies. A world that's more than just background scenery. Now that I'm approaching writing for the second time, I'm brining that experience in world building and I believe my writing is all the better for it.
Katherine Kerr Jacquiline Carey George R. R. Martin Jim Butcher