It’s a tough world of Otome Games where everyone knows that they have to be brutally honest in order to succeed. I’m thinking about an exchange between Nanami and Kainu in Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed where Kainu mentions that they’re always competing for the girl, and Nanami says that they don’t have a chance because they’re both sickly. Now I’m sure that a lot of people, and probably even Nanami herself, would dismiss this as total BS.
After all, as someone who has played the game (and written a few novels in the process), I can tell you that if anyone really does have a chance to make it, they absolutely must be brutally honest about their writing skills. In fact, the more honest you are with yourself about your writing abilities, the more successful you will be. Of course, not every writer can write like this, but what I’m saying is that even those who aren’t quite as good at it can still do quite well when they work hard and let their characters speak directly to the reader. Here’s how.
The best way to write a novel is to avoid the distractions that readers face on a daily basis, and focus on telling the story. This is important in any novel, but especially in an Otome Game Novel. Readers want stories that make them think, feel, and see. But what do I mean by seeing?
“Seeing” is all about real life. You see the world around you, the people, the food, the events, and you try to put it all together into a coherent whole that makes sense. So your characters need to be living in the world they are in, and not just some fantasy world made by a writer.
But if they’re going to be realistic, you need to be able to see their world through their eyes. Just imagine how exciting it would be if you could see the life of your favorite character, or their reaction to various events, in the text itself.
In order to make this happen, I used to write the text for my characters before I wrote the actual story. I’d envision scenes, not only relating to my characters, but also what it would be like for them to actually be in the scene, or a particular event.
In this way, I was able to be as close to my characters as possible while still having them experience the real life that they were in. It sounds almost too simple, but it’s what I needed to do in order to make my novels believable. If the characters were only there to act, then the reader wouldn’t be able to believe that the author was describing the real world.
For anyone that wants to be successful in writing an Otome Game Novel, this is what you need to do. Show the world your characters as real people in real life.