So I was designing a dungeon the other day (if you need to ask, the answer would disappoint) using ready made architectural tiles. It reminded me of writing sonnets.
Just using pen and paper for my map would have been faster and easier. But the result would be less impressively three dimensional.
The question has been asked – why, if your poem could be anything, would you accept the limits of the sonnet form? Why write a poem of exactly 140 syllables, no more, no less? The answer is that sometimes limits force us to use our creativity. Finding just the right word that fits the requirements of the sonnet means digging through the unused portion of your vocabulary.
The results – dungeon or sonnet – are different than your usual work. And sometimes the results will surprise you.
And it is true of any art form. Writing for the stage, for example, has very different limits than writing for a movie. How we meet these challenges – well, that’s where the fun is.