Writing Roots

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

S10E2 – Using D&D to Create a Story Character

You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM 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

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

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