Emily Morrow

Video Game Writer and Narrative Designer
Atlanta, GA, United States


Current Work

Narrative Designer (contract), Indispensable Studios

Freelance Game News Writer, Screen Rant

Freelance Writer, Ritual Motion

Looking for new opportunities!


Hi!
I'm Emily Morrow, a video game writer and narrative designer from Atlanta, GA. I specialize in narrative character design and tone flexibility within games. I love working on text-heavy games and queer stories. My writing has appeared in several indie games, including visual novels and turn-based strategy games. My Twine games can be found on itch.io, and my writing has been published in Videodame and featured on Medium. I have a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Georgia.

Let's talk about the narrative in your next game! If you'd like more information or just want to say hello, please email me at [email protected] or send me a DM on Discord at pokeflute#0620.

Writing
My writing credits include op-eds and opinion pieces, social media copy, and short/episodic fiction.

Games and Related Industry Work

The Analyst: Redacted (Comic)
Author

At a glance: Developed a graphic novel plot using existing characters and story material

Organized panel layouts to best suit plot material and visuals

Wrote action-focused dialogue and text narration

The Analyst: Redacted is a fictional military comic developed in collaboration with Altered Gene Studios. The comic's purpose is to connect the events of a wider multimedia universe. As the author, I received basic character details and plot essentials and expanded them into the story of one military operative. I also worked with the project's artist and director to develop each page's panel layout and adjust the comic's narrative pacing as necessary.

Concept by Des Gayle, art by Kyle Petchock, color by Dearbhla Kelly, lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Currently in production

REM Cycles
Narrative Designer and Writer

At a glance: Created the game's overall scenario, themes, characters, and lore

Wrote item and ability descriptions, barks, codex information, and over 50,000 words of dialogue

Designed abilities and wrote descriptions for all of the game's monsters and bosses

Assisted with testing, simple scripting for character portrait assignment

REM Cycles is a roguelike turn-based tactics game with significant narrative content. Inspired by games like Fire Emblem, the story follows ten unique characters who are stuck in a dream and must fight their way out. I developed the plot and characters from scratch - the basic mechanics were already set in stone, but I had a lot of creative freedom. I developed and presented several different narrative settings, arcs, and characters and developed the entire plot together with the designer.

I wrote every word in the game, including the game's text narration, over 50 different three-conversation arcs between every possible combination of characters, barks, item descriptions, and ability descriptions. The game's tone flexes between serious (for the overarching narrative) and silly (for many of the side conversations). Dialogue was written knowing that our project had limited art and animation assets to work with - characters' speech includes enough location markers and action descriptions worked in that they could feasibly stand without any kind of art or backgrounds. I also helped design most of the enemies' and bosses' mechanics.

Programming and design by Danny Spencer, logo and art by Sarah Boeving, music and sound by Felix Arifin

Planned release: March 2021

University Magician's Society
Writer

At a glance: Took charge of two different characters, writing a six-conversation arc for each of them while sticking to their established personality traits and existing main dialogue

Worked with another writer (who is also one of the project's leads) to develop a final character and edit each other's work

Wrote marketing materials for the game, including a series of interviews and character biographies for Kickstarter

University Magician's Society is a subversive visual novel that takes inspiration from titles like Doki Doki Literature Club. The player assumes the role of the president of a school's magic club and must handle all the personality management and mystery that comes along with it.

Besides witnessing the main story dialogue, the player can have one-on-one side conversations with each NPC. I wrote these side conversations for two of the game's five NPCs and assisted with the development of a third. Conversations allow the player to choose from a few dialogue options, which either gain or lose them favor with the NPC in question. The characters' main story dialogue was already finished when I joined the team, so it was my job to stay in character and develop realistic scenarios and side dialogue for my assigned characters.

In addition to writing character arcs and dialogue, I also assisted with the game's marketing writing. I wrote a series of interviews with the development team and character bios for the characters I wrote, which will eventually be featured as Kickstarter updates.

Currently in development

Unnanounced project
Temp writer

Unfortunately, I can't say much about this project. I worked briefly with a small team to develop a story bible, brainstorm characters, and organize research.

I have left this project.

Realms of Ashjana
Writer/Story Designer, Quest Designer

At a glance: Reorganized previous writing and wrote new material in the existing style of the game

Developed the game's narrative acts, its main quest line, and various faction-related side quests

Wrote dialogue for main and side NPCs, codex material/environmental storytelling documents, and various item and enemy descriptions

Realms of Ashjana is a text-based open-world adventure in the style of games like Zork. The game takes place in a virtual world whose true nature is not immediately revealed to the player. The project previously had a different writer, so my job was to organize their concepts and plot into something more straightforward. The general plot outline and several major characters already existed; I fleshed everything out further, writing significant lore bible content and reorganizing the story with the consent of the programmer.

In addition to main quests, I developed new minor NPCs, wrote side quests and all associated dialogue, and developed non-VO codex pieces, such as journals scattered around the first world that act as bits of environmental storytelling. As the game has almost no art or maps, everything must be told through dialogue and codex text.

I have left this project.

Twine Games

Letters To That Road
Creator, Writer, Developer (Twine)

At a glance: Wrote and scripted the game entirely in Twine

Created the game's art in various image-editing programs

Letters to that Road is a Twine game that I developed as a solo project for the NaNoTwiMo 2019 jam. It's a nonfiction memoir contained within a fictional premise that explores the time I spent driving to and from Athens, Georgia, for school over the course of four years. I wrote the game's letters and other minimal dialogue, scripted the content within Twine's Sugarcube language, and created the art that players see and interact with.

Available for free on itch.io

The Girl of My Dreams
Creator, Writer, Developer (Twine)

At a glance: Wrote and scripted the game entirely in Twine

Created the game's art in various image-editing programs. Portrait art was created on Picrew and used with the artist's permission

The Girl of My Dreams is a Twine game that features a text-heavy queer romance. I wasn't seeing stories like this in the games I played, so I set out to make one of my own. I wrote its dialogue and text, scripted the game in Twine's Harlowe language (including a short-lived but functional inventory system), and created the art and backgrounds that the player sees.

Available for free on itch.io

Fiction

New York, a story set in the Animal Crossing universe; published in Videodame and featured in Critical Distance

The Tale of Hridvaldyr and His Spear, a Viking fantasy story; submitted to the Banner Saga fiction contest

Plague of Fire, an in-progress drama-horror story

Journalism

I've written for Screen Rant, Ritual Motion, CSL Esports, and others. More of my work can be found on my Medium page.

How Video Games’ Open Worlds, Natural Spaces and Exploration Brought Me Solace During the Pandemic - GameSpew
Accepted as a pitch

Nintendo Switch Ad Reveals What's Holding The Console Back - Screen Rant
Received 60,000+ views

Streamers Are Not Your Therapists - Ritual Motion

Animal Crossing and the Future of "Cozy" Twitch Streams - Liftoff
Featured in Switch Weekly

Diversity in Gaming: An Interview With OSU's Holli - CSL Esports

Social Media

The Nexus Post
Social media manager and copywriter

Am Instagram news and culture account for Heroes of the Storm