Versus: Common Debates in the Writing World

S21E6 – Point of View: Third- or First-Person?

I often will write a scene from three different points of view to find out which has the most tension and which way I’m able to conceal the information I’m trying to conceal. And that is, at the end of the day, what writing suspense is all about. – Dan Brown

S21E5 – Romantic Subplots: Are They Necessary?

When I was young, I craved romance in books, but I didn’t want to read just romance. Love plays such a big part in our lives, it shouldn’t be cut out and restricted to its own fiction. – Rainbow Rowell

The thing about romance and romantic movies is that they can be somewhat melodramatic…. There’s a certain cringe factor that’s involved with that. – David Lyons

S21E2 – Fanfiction: Is it Really Writing?

To be honest, I don’t really have much of an opinion on fanfiction. As long as people aren’t commercially exploiting characters I’ve created, and are doing it for each other, I don’t see that there’s any harm in it. Either way, it’s a good place to write while you’ve still got your training wheels on. – Neil Gaiman