Writing Roots

S3E7 – Weaknesses

The more limitations you put on a character often times the better a character you’ll make them, the more interesting the story becomes because the character can’t simply wave a hand and make something happen. They have to work within the framework. – Brandon Sanderson

S3E6 – Superpowers

We all wish we had superpowers. We all wish we could do more than we can do. – Stan Lee

S3E5.5 – Murder 102: Director’s Cut

They taught me that inhibitions would kill me. Hit early, hit hard. Kill with the first blow. Get your retaliation in first. Cheat. The gentlemen who behaved decently weren’t there to train anybody. They were already dead. – Lee Child

S3E5 – Murder 101

Hit early, hit hard. Kill with the first blow. Get your retaliation in first. – Lee Child

S3E4 – Weather and Architecture

The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture. – John Green

S3E3 – Building Magic Systems

One of my challenges [as a writer] is to make sure that I’m giving the reader details that the character cares about rather than details that I care about. I’d say that’s key to world-building. – Jessica Andersen

S2E9 – Release and Launch

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All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction. – Steve Almond, WD

S2 Bonus – Writing Emotion: Mad, Glad, Sad, and Scared

Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. – CS Lewis