Writing Roots

Extended Archives – Rules of Writing

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. – Neil Gaiman

S21E9 – Villainy: Should Villains Be Evil?

There is indeed good and there is indeed evil, and both walk the earth…. Both good and evil vie for the passions of the heart. For love! – Ted Dekker

Every villain is a hero in his own mind. – Tom Hiddleston

S21E8 – Point of View: Single or Multiple?

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George RR Martin

Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day. – Ray Bradbury

S21 Bonus – Story Building: Plot First or Character First?

Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. – Ray Bradbury

But how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you’ve traveled with them through every page? – Shannon Hale

S21E7 – Stories: How Many Different Stories Exist?

There is nothing new, from Greek mythology to Shakespeare to every romcom ever made, we’re just reimagining the same 12 plots over and over again -so what makes people keep watching and listening? It’s all about the character. – Jeremy Renner

The inner story, though the same in essence for all, is always single and unique to each human being, never before lived and never to be repeated. – Helen M. Luke