Writing Roots

S34E4 – What’s in a (Book’s) Name?

If reading makes you smart, then how come when you read a book they have to put the title of the book on top of every single page? Does anyone get halfway through a book, [and ask] what the hell am I reading? – Brian Regan

S34E3 – What’s in a (Pen)Name?

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague…. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare

S34E1 – The Lessons We’ve Learned

Writing is a demanding profession and a selfish one. And because it is selfish and demanding, because it is compulsive and exacting, I didn’t embrace it. I succumbed to it. – Rod Sterling

Creating and Tracking Your Magic Systems

You are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow. – Gary Gygax

S33E9 – Avoiding the Info Dump: The Villain Monologue

I’ll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives, I’ll smash it with a hammer! It’s brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius I say! Or, to save on postage, I’ll just poison him with this.- Yzma, Emperor’s New Groove

S33E8 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Within Dialogue

Readers take in dialogue one thought at a time. A frequent mistake of beginners is to combine thoughts, which may be suitable for other forms of writing but not for dialogue. Another mistake is speechifying. Three sentences at a time is tops, yet many beginners write speeches that go on and on. – Sol Stein