Writing Roots

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

S2E7 – Audiobooks

“We will speak for the books.”
“Like the Lorax?”
“The Lorax speaks for the trees.”
“Books are made out of paper.”
“Paper is made out of trees.”
“What about e-books?”
“We can speak for them too.”
“Audiobooks?”
“Audiobooks speak for themselves.”
― Paul Acampora