Writing Roots

S9E7 – Cultural Appropriation

Who I am as a person heavily influences what I write, and I draw from everything I can find–whether it be LDS, Buddhist, Islamic, or Atheist. It’s all jumbled up there in that head of mine, and comes out in different characters who are seeking different things. – Brandon Sanderson

S9E5 – God Mode

I certainly love writing books. I’ve always loved writing short stories and novels because in prose, you get all the control. – Maria Headley

S9E3 – “I Have an Idea For a Book”

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. – George Orwell

S9E2 – Wasting the Reader’s Time

In many cases, when a reader puts a story aside because “it got boring”, the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description, and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling. – Stephen King

S8E9 – The Non-Fiction Genre

Writing nonfiction means I tell people’s stories for them, not because they’re special but because we all are. – Jo Deurbrouck

S8 Bonus – The Hero’s Journey

It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for. – The Lord of the Rings

S8E8 – The Horror Genre

Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street. – Stephen King