Writing Crimes

S9E9 – Suspension of Disbelief

It all begins with drawing yourself and your reader into what I call the Fictive Bubble. Think of it like a large soap bubble. That bubble is your story world and everything that happens there, regardless of genre. Your first objective is to pull a reader into it, where they will take an incredible journey with your characters. Your second objective is to keep the reader there, in that bubble. – Ted Dekker

S9 Bonus – Audience Participation

Every book, every volume you see, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and lived it and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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