Welcome to "How to Video Game...and hopefully make money 2." These are a set of articles on how to hopefully make a game that you'll build a profit from, even on a low budget.
This in particular is for story-based games. RPGs and their derivatives.
The benefits of story-games are pretty clear. For one, you can cut down on the action since most people play for pretty characters and a good story. Yes, a good battle system is necessary, but most RPG players will accept a basic old-school turn-based system if your overall idea is phenomenal.
However, extensive battle systems take a lot of time to work and program, so you really want to focus on your story.
1) Writing is more than grammar and spelling. It involves hefty amounts of common sense, the knowledge of where to embellish and where to pull back, as well as the ability to weave words in a way that gets the best effect out of a scene. It's not easy, and poor writing IS obvious in a story-based game.
2) Get an editor/proofrea