Writing Roots

S3E9 – Monsters and Horror

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. – H.P. Lovecraft

December: Writer’s Frequently Asked Questions

Writing 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 on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. – George Orwell

November: The Writer’s Toolbox

If the writer wants to create suspense, or build tension, or make the reader wait and wonder, or join a journey of discovery, or hold on for dear life, he can save subject and verb of the main clause until later. As I just did. – Roy Peter Clark

S3E8 – Building a Pantheon

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. – Aristotle

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 – 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