Writing Roots

S11E3 – Kiss: Why and How to Include Romantic Subplots

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

S11E2 – Tell: How to Identify and Correct Cases of Telling

Books. It’s always easier to tell people that a character is funny rather than attempt to hit the punchline of a joke that character would’ve said. But if we all simply told, books would cease to exist. And so would empathy. And feeling. – Joyce Rachelle

S10 Bonus – Character Interviews

The only characters I ever don’t like are the ones that leave no impression on me. And I don’t write characters that leave no impression on me. – Lauren DeStefano

S10E8 – Character Archetypes

The librarian, the warrior, the free spirit… archetypes are a great jumping off point to help clarify where we want to go with a character. – Kristan Higgins

S10E5 – Character History: Nurture

People – and characters – are made up of their past experiences. When crafting a character, one of the most important aspects we consider is her past. – Sky Fairwin

S10E4 – Character History: Nature

One brain’s blueprint may promote joy more readily than most; in another, pessimism reigns. Whether happiness infuses or eludes a person depends, in part, on the DNA he has chanced to receive. – Thomas Lewis