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English, Education, 1 season, 502 episodes, 4 days, 19 hours, 53 minutes
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We're here to help authors, published or not, improve. Each episode focuses on a step in the process, whether it's actually writing or getting your book out into the world through self-publishing.
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S50E9 – Your Unique Journey: This or That?

Stop telling yourself you’re not qualified, not worthy, or not experienced enough. Growth happens when you start doing things you’re not qualified to do. - Steven Bartlett The post S50E9 – Your Unique Journey: This or That? appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/29/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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S50 Bonus – Publishing on Kickstarter with Oriana Leckert

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. - Lemony Snicket The post S50 Bonus – Publishing on Kickstarter with Oriana Leckert appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/27/202446 minutes, 14 seconds
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S50E7 – Your Unique Journey: The Path

It’s a waste of time to tell trailblazers, dreamers, creatives that they’re going the wrong way. We know. That’s the point. We don’t want to go where the current path leads. - Thema Bryant The post S50E7 – Your Unique Journey: The Path appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/25/202411 minutes, 37 seconds
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S50E7 – Making the Choice to Monetize

Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow. - Kurt Vonnegut The post S50E7 – Making the Choice to Monetize appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/22/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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S50E6 – Arming Yourself with Writing Tools

The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear, then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist. - Steven Pressfield The post S50E6 – Arming Yourself with Writing Tools appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/18/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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S50E5 – Get Yourself a Writing Community

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him. - Ralph Waldo Emerson The post S50E5 – Get Yourself a Writing Community appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/15/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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S50E4 – Take Advice With a Grain of Salt

My advice for beginning writers is… learn not to take advice. Look to yourself. Make yourself worthy of trust. - William H Gass The post S50E4 – Take Advice With a Grain of Salt appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/11/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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S50E3 – Write Now, Edit Later

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. - Jodi Picoult The post S50E3 – Write Now, Edit Later appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/8/202411 minutes, 53 seconds
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S50E2 – Don’t Give Up

The world needs your story in order to be complete. - Anne Jackson The post S50E2 – Don’t Give Up appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/5/202411 minutes, 58 seconds
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S50E1 – Addressing Common Excuses

The book that will most change your life is the book you write. - Seth Godin The post S50E1 – Addressing Common Excuses appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/1/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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S49 Bonus – Writing Roots Blooper Reel

Thank you for listening to another year of Writing Roots! The post S49 Bonus – Writing Roots Blooper Reel appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/30/202318 minutes, 28 seconds
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S49E8 – What Do I Do If All I’m Writing is Dialogue?

​For all forms, writing dialogue is almost like writing music. I pay close attention to rhythms and tones. - Sefi Atta The post S49E8 – What Do I Do If All I’m Writing is Dialogue? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/28/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S49E7 – How Do I Determine Comp Titles for My Book?

Engaging in the literary world and discovering what books are out there is always beneficial. Consider the comp hunt both a rite of passage and a learning opportunity—and may the odds be ever in your favor. - Star Wuerdemann The post S49E7 – How Do I Determine Comp Titles for My Book? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/25/202312 minutes
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S49E6 – If I Want to Be a Career Author, Should I Stick to One Genre?

Good writing is good writing. In many ways, it’s the audience and their expectations that define a genre. A reader of literary fiction expects the writing to illuminate the human condition, some aspect of our world and our role in it. A reader of genre fiction likes that, too, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the story. - Rosemary Clement-Moore The post S49E6 – If I Want to Be a Career Author, Should I Stick to One Genre? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/21/202311 minutes, 16 seconds
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S49E5 – Why Does My Writing Seem Basic Even When I Have a Big Vocabulary?

In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don’t ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story. - Ben Bova The post S49E5 – Why Does My Writing Seem Basic Even When I Have a Big Vocabulary? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/18/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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S49E4 – What is the Difference Between a Complete Monster and a Regular One?

Since childhood, I've been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing. - Guillermo del Toro The post S49E4 – What is the Difference Between a Complete Monster and a Regular One? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/14/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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S49E3 – How Do I Build a Military for a Spec Fic Story?

World-building can be as complicated or as simple as your story needs it to be. - Moriah Richard The post S49E3 – How Do I Build a Military for a Spec Fic Story? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/11/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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S49E2 – Is Having Multiple POVs the Same as Head Hopping?

With third-person limited, we want to ensure that the character’s beliefs are reflected in the narrator’s description of things. Not by necessarily telling us what the character thinks, but by coloring in their fictional world - setting, people, events - with the character’s perspective, informing the words selected. - Peter Mountford The post S49E2 – Is Having Multiple POVs the Same as Head Hopping? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/7/202312 minutes
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S49E1 – Why Do You Have a Podcast?

In teaching writing, I’m learning new things about writing. - David B Coe The post S49E1 – Why Do You Have a Podcast? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/4/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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S48E9 – How to Identify Sexism

I don’t try and write strong female characters or strong male characters. I just try and write, hopefully, strong characters and sometimes they happen to be female. - JJ Abrams The post S48E9 – How to Identify Sexism appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/30/202311 minutes, 58 seconds
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S48E8 – How to Identify When Nothing Happens

I write a lot of material that I know I’ll throw away…. I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one. - Barbara Kingsolver The post S48E8 – How to Identify When Nothing Happens appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/27/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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S48 Bonus – How to Identify Progress in Writing, AKA The Blackmail Episode

You do an awful lot of bad writing in order to do any good writing. Incredibly bad. I think it would be very interesting to make a collection of some of the worst writing by good writers. - William S Burroughs The post S48 Bonus – How to Identify Progress in Writing, AKA The Blackmail Episode appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/25/202328 minutes, 24 seconds
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S48E7 – How to Identify Head Hopping

It is not the task of the writer to 'tell all', or even decide what to leave in, but to decide what to leave out. - Caitlin R. Kiernan The post S48E7 – How to Identify Head Hopping appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/23/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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S48E6 – How to Identify Contradictions in Writing

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself. - Michel de Montaigne The post S48E6 – How to Identify Contradictions in Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/20/202312 minutes, 1 second
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S48E5 – How to Identify Poor and Excessive Descriptions

I write, “Jane came into the room and sat down on the blue couch,” read that, wince, cross out “came into the room” and “down” and “blue” (Why does she have to come into the room? Can someone sit UP on a couch? Why do we care if it’s blue?) and the sentence becomes “Jane sat on the couch – ” and suddenly, it’s better. - George Saunders The post S48E5 – How to Identify Poor and Excessive Descriptions appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/16/202312 minutes
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S48E4 – How to Identify Sentences with Too Many Characters

Through an arbitrary problem, I had arrived at a tenet of good writing: brevity wins. - Michael Winter The post S48E4 – How to Identify Sentences with Too Many Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/13/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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S48E3 – How to Identify: Extra Adjectives and Adverbs

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. - Thomas Jefferson The post S48E3 – How to Identify: Extra Adjectives and Adverbs appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/9/202311 minutes, 58 seconds
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S48E2 – How to Identify a Confusing Timeline

Making sure that the geography and timelines work is always the hardest part of writing. But you owe it to the readers to get it right. - Michael Scott The post S48E2 – How to Identify a Confusing Timeline appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/6/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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S48E1 – How to Identify Good Writing

Good writing can be defined as having something to say and saying it well. - Edward Abbey The post S48E1 – How to Identify Good Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/2/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S47E9 – Adding Foreshadowing During Editing

Jacques : This place... is cursed. Red : What is it with you and curses? Spivey : He ain't happy without a good curse. 'This is cursed. That is cursed. ' Red : Give it rest, will ya! - The Mummy Returns (2001) The post S47E9 – Adding Foreshadowing During Editing appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/30/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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S47 Bonus – How Not to Foreshadow

Foreshadowing is the mysterious whisper that hints at the secrets yet to be unveiled. - Jocelyn Murray The post S47 Bonus – How Not to Foreshadow appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/28/202328 minutes, 55 seconds
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S47E8 – Foreshadowing a Descent into Villainy

He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche The post S47E8 – Foreshadowing a Descent into Villainy appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/26/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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S47E7 – How to Foreshadow Enemies to Lovers

Wonderful girl! Either I'm gonna kill her, or I'm beginning to like her! - Han Solo, Star Wars: A New Hope The post S47E7 – How to Foreshadow Enemies to Lovers appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/23/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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S47E6 – Foreshadowing Through a Character’s Descent into Madness

It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face? - Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The post S47E6 – Foreshadowing Through a Character’s Descent into Madness appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/19/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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S47E5 – Symbolic Foreshadowing

A red sun rises. Blood has been spilled this night. - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The post S47E5 – Symbolic Foreshadowing appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/16/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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S47E4 – Prophecies and Omniscience as Foreshadowing

As you and I listen to Uncle Monty tell the three Baudelaire orphans that no harm will ever come to them in the Reptile Room, we should be experiencing the strange feeling that accompanies the arrival of dramatic irony…. For no matter how safe and happy the three children felt, no matter how comforting Uncle Monty's words were, you and I know that soon Uncle Monty will be dead and the Baudelaires will be miserable once again. - Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events The post S47E4 – Prophecies and Omniscience as Foreshadowing appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/12/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S47E3 – Foreshadowing Through Dialogue

“The first man had three wishes.” “Yes,” was the reply. “I don’t know what the first two were, but the third was for death. That’s how I got the paw.” - The Monkey’s Paw, WW Jacobs The post S47E3 – Foreshadowing Through Dialogue appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/9/202311 minutes, 28 seconds
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S47E2 – Foreshadowing: Breadcrumbs and Misdirection

My father’s voice comes back to me. “Not these, Katniss. Never these. They’re nightlock. You’ll be dead before they reach your stomach.” - The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins The post S47E2 – Foreshadowing: Breadcrumbs and Misdirection appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/5/202312 minutes
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S47E1 – Using Passive Foreshadowing

Professor Snape: Can anyone tell me what a portkey is? Yes, Miss Granger? Hermione: A portkey is an enchanted object that when touched will transfer the one or ones who touched it to anywhere on the globe decided upon by the enchanter. Professor Snape: Very good. Now, can anyone tell me what foreshadowing is? Yes, Miss Granger? Hermione: Foreshadowing is a dramatic device in which an important plot point is mentioned early in the story to return later in a more significant way. - A Very Potter Musical The post S47E1 – Using Passive Foreshadowing appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/2/202311 minutes, 26 seconds
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S46 Bonus – About Writing Contests with Rebecca van Laer of Reedsy

Don’t participate half-heartedly or use work that you have not yet edited or assume that there is a less talented writing pool participating in the contest. You should prepare for the competition assuming everyone else is taking the process just as seriously as you are. - Ran Walker The post S46 Bonus – About Writing Contests with Rebecca van Laer of Reedsy appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/30/202337 minutes, 47 seconds
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S46E8 – Writing for Anthologies

The original Greek meaning of the word anthology is a collection or gathering of flowers in bloom. - Jane Garmey The post S46E8 – Writing for Anthologies appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/28/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S46E7 – A Look at Writing Contest Judging

It helps to be pretty thick-skinned if you’re going to enter contests. But anyone who writes for more than pure personal satisfaction knows that rejection is part of the deal. - Amy Cook The post S46E7 – A Look at Writing Contest Judging appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/25/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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S46E6 – The “Don’ts” of Writing Contests

Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success. - Abdul Kalam The post S46E6 – The “Don’ts” of Writing Contests appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/21/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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S46E5 – Formatting for a Writing Contest

It’s important to note that guidelines may vary a little based on who you talk to or what you read, but by following the ones stated… you will make sure your manuscript looks clean, easy to read, and won’t get rejected because of sloppy formatting. - Brian A Klems The post S46E5 – Formatting for a Writing Contest appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/18/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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S46E4 – Editing for a Short Story Contest

Many writers are paralyzed by the thought that they are competing with everybody else who is trying to write and presumably doing it better…. Forget the competition and go at your own pace. Your only contest is with yourself. - William Zinsser The post S46E4 – Editing for a Short Story Contest appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/14/202312 minutes
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S46E3 – Writing for Short Story Contests

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. - Neil Gaiman The post S46E3 – Writing for Short Story Contests appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/11/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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S46E2 – Finding the Right Writing Contest

I always try to use my medium, and if I get into a normal sitcom-writing contest with normal sitcom writers, I'm going to lose. - Dan Harmon The post S46E2 – Finding the Right Writing Contest appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/7/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S46E1 – Different Types of Writing Contests

Writers often wrestle with the written word alone, but competitions can be a way to connect with a larger community. After all, stories can benefit others, and judges of writing contests want to celebrate success. - Audrey Wick The post S46E1 – Different Types of Writing Contests appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/4/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S45E9 – The Editor’s Toolkit

Let’s face it: The ‘genius’ stuff happens in the editing process. - Jeff Goins The post S45E9 – The Editor’s Toolkit appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/31/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S45E8 – How to Charge for Editing

To write is human, to edit is divine. - Stephen King The post S45E8 – How to Charge for Editing appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/28/202311 minutes, 46 seconds
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S45 Bonus – Being an Author Editors Want to Work With

The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer. - Zadie Smith The post S45 Bonus – Being an Author Editors Want to Work With appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/26/202341 minutes, 20 seconds
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S45E7 – Questions for the Author/Editor Interview

Editing is a kind of creative activity where, in a perfect world, an author and an editor find that elusive oneness to understand each other intuitively. - Sahara Sanders The post S45E7 – Questions for the Author/Editor Interview appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/24/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S45E6 – Personal Editing Cheat Sheets

Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Don’t put too much trust in them. - Maxwell Perkins The post S45E6 – Personal Editing Cheat Sheets appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/21/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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S45E5 – Style Guides for Editing

For the relationship to work, the writer and editor must respect each other’s expertise and passion. - Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler The post S45E5 – Style Guides for Editing appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/17/202311 minutes, 58 seconds
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S45E4 – The Job of a Proofreader

It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave a note saying ‘your ugly.’ My ugly what? The idiot didn’t even know the difference between your and you’re. - Cara Lynn Shultz The post S45E4 – The Job of a Proofreader appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/14/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S45E3 – The Job of a Line Editor

Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want. - Doris Lessing The post S45E3 – The Job of a Line Editor appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/10/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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S45E2 – The Job of a Developmental Editor

Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, ‘How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?’ and avoid ‘How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?’ - James Thurber The post S45E2 – The Job of a Developmental Editor appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/7/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S45E1 – Becoming an Editor

Editors have to be vicious. They’re working for the reader, not the writer. - Brendan Wolfe The post S45E1 – Becoming an Editor appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/3/202312 minutes
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Extended Archives: When a Story Meanders

If you want to captivate your readers, a good beginning is essential. Even more so, however, is the story needs to continue to hold them. When the plot meanders and wanders from place to place without much direction or motivation for the characters. When you look at each scene, consider what purpose it has for... The post Extended Archives: When a Story Meanders appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/21/202318 minutes, 13 seconds
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Extended Archives: Choosing the Right Title

Picking the right name for a book is about more than what sounds good to you or what feels right for the story. It is important to look at the title as part of your marketing. Along with the cover, titles will draw in the readers at first glance. And because it’s part of marketing,... The post Extended Archives: Choosing the Right Title appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/13/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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Extended Archives: The Problems with Bad Blocking

Choreography is usually something you think of in relation to plays and movies. As authors, however, having appropriate choreography as your characters move through a scene is just as important. After all, you’re creating a movie of sorts in the minds of your readers. All you’ll do is create confusion if characters hop from one... The post Extended Archives: The Problems with Bad Blocking appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/5/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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S44E9 – The Denouement and Epilogue

When you close the book, does the story end? No! That's such a bland way to read. Every story goes on forever in our imaginations, and its characters live on. - Mizuki Nomura The post S44E9 – The Denouement and Epilogue appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/29/202311 minutes, 18 seconds
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S44E8 – During Act III: The Interior Plot

I tend to relate to a character in terms of the arc: what’s interesting is where he starts versus where he ends up. - Edward Norton The post S44E8 – During Act III: The Interior Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/27/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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S44 Bonus – Using AI in the Arts

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a hot topic in the world today. From funny TikTok filters to a partial cause for the WGA strike, AI is becoming a larger part of our daily lives and, in particular, creativity. It’s hard to deny there are benefits to technology advancing as it has with AI. It has... The post S44 Bonus – Using AI in the Arts appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/24/202332 minutes, 59 seconds
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S44E7 – During Act III: The Exterior Plot

Act 3 is the whole book in miniature. There’s a beginning, middle, and end. Rising action, climax, and falling action. - Jeff Gerke The post S44E7 – During Act III: The Exterior Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/22/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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S44E6 – During Act II: The Interior Plot

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. - Helen Keller The post S44E6 – During Act II: The Interior Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/19/202310 minutes, 48 seconds
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S44E5 – Plot: The Halfway Point

When you are in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else. - Margaret Atwood The post S44E5 – Plot: The Halfway Point appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/15/202311 minutes, 58 seconds
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S44E4 – During Act II: The Exterior Plot

Never let up. In stories, things go from bad to worse, even if nobody wants them to. If she wants to apologize, interrupt her. Whenever anyone is about to release tension, interrupt her. Is the couple on the date about to kiss? Pull them apart. You might think the audience will love you if you give them what they want. Not true. Make them want it, then yank it away. - Matt Bird The post S44E4 – During Act II: The Exterior Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/12/202311 minutes, 33 seconds
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S44E3 – During Act I: The Interior Plot

Writing a story isn’t about making your peaceful fantasies come true. The whole point of the story is the character arc. You didn’t think joy could change a person, did you? Joy is what you feel when the conflict is over. But it’s conflict that changes a person…. You put your characters through hell. You put them through hell. That’s the only way we change. - Donald Miller The post S44E3 – During Act I: The Interior Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/8/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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S44E2 – During Act I: The Exterior Plot

A mystery is solved with a story. The story starts with a clue, but the trouble is that you usually have no idea what the clue is, even if you think you know. - Lemony Snicket The post S44E2 – During Act I: The Exterior Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/5/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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S44E1 – Plot: Before Act 1

Once I came to really understand the mechanics of three-act structure, my life got a great deal easier. It doesn’t tell you how to write your book, but it helps you understand why things aren’t working, or what kind of beat needs to come next. - Marcus Sakey The post S44E1 – Plot: Before Act 1 appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/1/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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S43E9 – Characters: Inanimate Objects

The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death. And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared a new bearer. - Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings The post S43E9 – Characters: Inanimate Objects appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/29/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S43 Bonus – Successes and Failure of the Characters

Each character needs both successes and failure. This is important especially for your main protagonist(s). They need to struggle, to fight, but they also need the occasional spot of hope that helps them continue on. In this bonus episode, we talk about how to create successes and failures for your characters whether you’re a plotter... The post S43 Bonus – Successes and Failure of the Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/27/202325 minutes, 58 seconds
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S43E8 – Characters: The Greek Chorus

Pintel: How'd this go all screwy? Ragetti: Well, each wants the chest for hisself, don't 'e? Mr. Norrington, I think, is trying to regain a bit of honor. Old Jack's looking to trade it, save his own skin. And Turner there, I think 'e's trying to settle some unresolved business twixt him and his twice-cursed pirate father. Pintel: Sad. - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest The post S43E8 – Characters: The Greek Chorus appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/25/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S43E7 – Characters: The Society

“We could have been called reapers,” Goddard said, “but our founders saw fit to call us scythes - because we are the weapons in mankind’s immortal hand. You are a fine weapon, Rowan. Sharp and precise. And when you strike, you are glorious to behold.” - Neal Shusterman The post S43E7 – Characters: The Society appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/22/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S43E6 – Characters: The Villain’s Chorus

Banzai: Now that's power. Shenzi: Tell me about it. I just hear that name, and I shudder. Banzai: Mufasa! Shenzi: Oooh. Do it again. Banzai: Mufasa! Shenzi: Oooh! Banzai: Mufasa, Mufasa, Mufasa! - The Lion King The post S43E6 – Characters: The Villain’s Chorus appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/18/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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S43E5 – Characters: The Comedic Relief

As a communication tool, effective use of humor can humanize you, cementing your bond with readers. It can also help your work stand out in a crowded market. - Leigh Anne Jasheway The post S43E5 – Characters: The Comedic Relief appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/15/202311 minutes, 58 seconds
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S43E4 – Characters: The Secret Ingredient

People underestimating me is my secret weapon. - James Patterson The post S43E4 – Characters: The Secret Ingredient appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/11/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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S43E3 – Characters: Secondary Characters

Think of every character as a main character. They believe they’re the main characters in their stories. No one should be just an obstacle. - Ben Edlund The post S43E3 – Characters: Secondary Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/8/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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S43E2 – Characters: The Mentor

A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained. - Shawn Hitchcock The post S43E2 – Characters: The Mentor appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/4/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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S43E1 – Characters: The Sidekick

There is something inherently hopeful in unlikely friendships, I think. It speaks to our ability to surprise and connect - and how, in all the ways that matter, we are not really that different. - Emily Spurr The post S43E1 – Characters: The Sidekick appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/1/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S42 Bonus – When Not to Worldbuild

I’m not going to tell you how to start a bug-powered vehicle, I’m just going to put you inside one with somebody who knows how, and send you off on a ride. - Kameron Hurley The post S42 Bonus – When Not to Worldbuild appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/29/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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S42E8 – Worldbuilding: Creating a Multiverse

Being aware that everything that could possibly happen happened to her, somewhere, in some life, kind of absolved her a little from decisions. - Matt Haig The post S42E8 – Worldbuilding: Creating a Multiverse appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/27/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S42E7 – Worldbuilding: Make it Accessible

Books are like mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon The post S42E7 – Worldbuilding: Make it Accessible appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/24/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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S42E6 – Worldbuilding: Make it Explorable

One reason I created a fictional world at all is so that people can visit it in their minds or think about who they would be. There’s a part in the book that’s all about writing your own story before you’re quite brave enough to live it out. - Aliza Layne The post S42E6 – Worldbuilding: Make it Explorable appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/20/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S42E5 – Worldbuilding: Make it Immersive

Step into a scene and let it drip from your fingertips. - MJ Bush The post S42E5 – Worldbuilding: Make it Immersive appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/17/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S42E4 – Worldbuilding: Make it Real

So many people think that if you’re writing fantasy, it means you can just make everything up as you go. Want to add a dragon? Add a dragon! Want some magic? Throw it in. But the thing is, regardless of whether you’re dealing with realism or fantasy, every world has rules. Make sure to establish a natural order. - VE Schwab The post S42E4 – Worldbuilding: Make it Real appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/13/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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S42E3 – Worldbuilding: Make it Small

Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better. - Ernest Hemingway The post S42E3 – Worldbuilding: Make it Small appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/10/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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S41E2 – Worldbuilding: Make it Personal

Your worldbuilding is unique, yes, but your characters are what will really sell your story. - Moriah Richards The post S41E2 – Worldbuilding: Make it Personal appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/6/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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S42E1 – Pillars of Storytelling: Before You Begin

Start before you’re ready. - Steven Pressfield The post S42E1 – Pillars of Storytelling: Before You Begin appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/3/202311 minutes, 44 seconds
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S41E9 – Writing Emotions: Confusion

Costello: And you don't know the fellows' names? Abbott: Well I should. Costello: Well then who's on first? Abbott: Yes. Costello: I mean the fellow's name. Abbott: Who. Costello: The guy on first. Abbott: Who. Costello: The first baseman. Abbott: Who. Costello: The guy playing... Abbott: Who is on first! - Abbott and Costello The post S41E9 – Writing Emotions: Confusion appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/30/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S41E8 – Writing Emotions: Happiness

I don't believe there's a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month. - Firefly The post S41E8 – Writing Emotions: Happiness appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/27/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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S41 Bonus – Playing it Close to the Chest

"That was before I'd met him. Back when he was captain of the Black Pearl." "What? He failed to mention that." "He plays things closer to the vest now. And a hard-learned lesson it was. See, three days out on the venture, the first mate comes to him and says everything's an equal share. That should mean the location of the treasure, too. So, Jack gives up the bearings. That night, there was a mutiny. They marooned Jack on an island and left him to die, but not before he'd gone mad with the heat." - Pirates of the Caribbean The post S41 Bonus – Playing it Close to the Chest appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/25/202325 minutes, 29 seconds
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S41E7 – Writing Emotions: Guilty and Apologetic

“You still blush too easily when confronted,” Jasnah noted. “I’m sorry.” “And apologize too easily as well.” “I’m… uh, indignant?” - The Stormlight Archive The post S41E7 – Writing Emotions: Guilty and Apologetic appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/23/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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S41E6 – Writing Emotions: Smugness

I’m being extremely clever up here, and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed. What’s the point in having you all? - Doctor Who The post S41E6 – Writing Emotions: Smugness appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/20/202312 minutes
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S41E5 – Writing Emotion: Vengeance

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you. - Taken The post S41E5 – Writing Emotion: Vengeance appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/16/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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S41E4 – Writing Emotions: Physical Pain

Westley: To the pain means the first thing you will lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists. Next your nose. Prince Humperdinck: And then my tongue I suppose, I killed you too quickly the last time. A mistake I don't mean to duplicate tonight. Westley: I wasn't finished. The next thing you will lose will be your left eye followed by your right. Prince Humperdinck: And then my ears, I understand let's get on with it. Westley: WRONG. Your ears you keep and I'll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out, "Dear God! What is that thing," will echo in your perfect ears. That is what "to the pain means." It means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever. - The Princess Bride The post S41E4 – Writing Emotions: Physical Pain appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/13/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S41E3 – Writing Emotions: Terror and Horror

Nobody knows what a boggart looks like when he is alone, but when I let him out, he will immediately become whatever each of us most fears. This means that we have a huge advantage over the boggart before we begin. - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The post S41E3 – Writing Emotions: Terror and Horror appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/9/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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S41E2 – Writing Emotions: Courage

Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do. - C.S. Lewis; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe The post S41E2 – Writing Emotions: Courage appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/6/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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S41E1 – Writing Emotions: Reverence

The wealth of this world isn’t in the ground, it’s all around us. The Na’vi know that and they are fighting to defend it. If you want to share this world with them, you need to understand them. - Avatar The post S41E1 – Writing Emotions: Reverence appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/2/202312 minutes
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S40E8 – The Post-Launch Mindset

Launching a new book is kind of scary; you spend such a long time alone with your characters, and then, in one sudden moment, they’re running wild into the hands of strangers. - Nanette L. Avery The post S40E8 – The Post-Launch Mindset appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/27/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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S40 Bonus – Crafting a Book Blurb with Jessie of Book Blurb Magic

Question any thinking person as to why he 'never reads novels', and you will usually find that, at bottom, it is because of the disgusting tripe that is written by the blurb-reviewers. - George Orwell The post S40 Bonus – Crafting a Book Blurb with Jessie of Book Blurb Magic appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/25/202338 minutes, 48 seconds
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S40E7 – The Pre-Launch Mindset

There’s a lot more to publishing a book than writing it and slapping a cover on it. - Vince Flynn The post S40E7 – The Pre-Launch Mindset appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/23/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S40E6 – Why to Get a Sensitivity Reader

We all try to do the best we can. We will never please everyone. All we can do is try to write with empathy and honesty. And listen to the people around us, acknowledge mistakes we make, and keep trying to improve. - Anindita B. Sempere The post S40E6 – Why to Get a Sensitivity Reader appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/20/202312 minutes, 1 second
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S40E5 – Writing an Author Bio

No one can discover you until you do. Exploit your talents, skills, and strengths and make the world sit up and take notice. - Rob Liano The post S40E5 – Writing an Author Bio appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/16/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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S40E4 – Meeting Target Word Counts

I'm always pretending that I'm sitting across from someone telling them a story and I don't want them to get up until I'm finished. - James Patterson The post S40E4 – Meeting Target Word Counts appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/13/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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S40E3 – What Makes a Good Chapter

Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page. - Sidney Sheldon The post S40E3 – What Makes a Good Chapter appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/9/202311 minutes, 31 seconds
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S40E2 – Finding Motivation to Edit

I feel sorry for people who have to edit me. Which is why book writing is by far the most enjoyable. - Chuck Klosterman The post S40E2 – Finding Motivation to Edit appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/6/202311 minutes, 13 seconds
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S40E1 – Accepting Imperfection

I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me. - Jeanne Voelker The post S40E1 – Accepting Imperfection appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/2/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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S39E9 – Using Subtext in Dialogue

Words have the capacity for deception. They're all full of subtext, and some of them are cliche and overused and vernacular. They're tricky. All I can say is, words are tricky. - Andrew Bird The post S39E9 – Using Subtext in Dialogue appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/30/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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S39 Bonus – Giving Your Characters Choices

"[The sorting hat] only put me in Gryffindor," said Harry in a defeated voice, "because I asked not to go in Slytherin…" "Exactly," said Dumbledore, beaming once more. "Which makes you very different from Tom Riddle. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - JK Rowling The post S39 Bonus – Giving Your Characters Choices appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/28/202330 minutes, 43 seconds
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S39E8 – Starting Sentences Without Using the MC’s Pronoun

Your passion for words and sentence structure should equal a painter’s passion for color and brushstroke. - Andrew McAleen The post S39E8 – Starting Sentences Without Using the MC’s Pronoun appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/26/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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S39E7 – Understanding Psychic Distance for Your Writing

The remedy is to abandon the larger for the smaller… to do the small thing closely and deeply rather than the big thing loosely and superficially. - Colson Whitehead The post S39E7 – Understanding Psychic Distance for Your Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/23/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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S39E6 – Knowing How to Use Italics in Your Novel

In writing a weird story, I always try very carefully to achieve the right mood and atmosphere and place the emphasis where it belongs. - HP Lovecraft The post S39E6 – Knowing How to Use Italics in Your Novel appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/19/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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S39E5 – Going Outside Your Writing Comfort Zone

Read. Write. Read some more. Explore the universe through your writing. Practice and learn what moves you and what doesn’t. - Darynda Jones The post S39E5 – Going Outside Your Writing Comfort Zone appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/16/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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S39E4 – Improving Your Writing Through Short Stories

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner. - Neil Gaiman The post S39E4 – Improving Your Writing Through Short Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/12/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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S39E3 – Learning to Critically Read

I always read books twice. The first time you appreciate the story, the second time you appreciate the writing. - Unknown The post S39E3 – Learning to Critically Read appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/9/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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S39E2 – Giving and Getting Feedback

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Ralph Waldo Emerson The post S39E2 – Giving and Getting Feedback appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/6/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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S38E1 – Understanding Writing Community Lingo

Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession. - Kingman Brewster The post S38E1 – Understanding Writing Community Lingo appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/2/202311 minutes, 28 seconds
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S38 Bonus – Who Are You?

Caterpillar: Who are you? Alice: I hardly know, sir. Just at present - at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then. - Alice in Wonderland The post S38 Bonus – Who Are You? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/31/202226 minutes, 54 seconds
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S38E9 – How Do I Make a Podcast?

Your podcast content should not be about you, but about solving your prospects’ problems. - Steve Lubetkin The post S38E9 – How Do I Make a Podcast? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/29/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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S38E8 – How Do I Write Women/Men?

It’s difficult to write a book where a character is on virtually every page of the book but you cannot refer to his or her gender. It gets rid of every his, her, she and he. - William Least Heat-Moon The post S38E8 – How Do I Write Women/Men? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/26/202212 minutes
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S38E7 – How Do I Write a Story with a Plot Twist?

Inigo Montoya : I admit it, you are better than I am. Man in Black : Then why are you smiling? Inigo Montoya : Because I know something you don't know. Man in Black : And what is that? Inigo Montoya : I am not left-handed. - The Princess Bride The post S38E7 – How Do I Write a Story with a Plot Twist? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/22/202211 minutes, 44 seconds
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S38E6 – What Do I Do At a Live Author Event?

I meet people on the street or at book signings and they tend to treat me as if they know me, as if we’re connected. It’s great. - Judy Blume The post S38E6 – What Do I Do At a Live Author Event? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/19/202212 minutes, 16 seconds
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S38E5 – How Do I Add Sensory Details to My Writing?

Use original detail in your writing. Life is so rich, if you can write down the real details of the way things were and are, you hardly need anything else. - Natalie Goldberg The post S38E5 – How Do I Add Sensory Details to My Writing? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/15/202211 minutes, 39 seconds
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S38E4 – How Do I Kill a Main Character?

I try to make the readers feel they’ve lived the events of the book. Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it’s a superficial experience, isn’t it? - George RR Martin The post S38E4 – How Do I Kill a Main Character? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/12/202211 minutes, 45 seconds
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S38E3 – How Do I Write a Scene With Several Active Characters?

Be clear on every character’s agenda in a scene, and the agendas in conflict. Before you write, take just a moment to jot down what each character in the scene wants, even if (as kurt Vonnegut once said) it is only a glass of water. - James Scott Bell The post S38E3 – How Do I Write a Scene With Several Active Characters? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/8/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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S38E2 – How Do I Format My Book For Publishing?

If there is an essential truism in typesetting, it is that a page contains no voids, only spaces between printed elements. The essence of typesetting is regulating the size of those spaces to control the balance and rhythm between black and white. This is the key to a graphically harmonious page – one with good type color – as well as to text that is pleasing and easy to read. - James Felici The post S38E2 – How Do I Format My Book For Publishing? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/5/202212 minutes
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S38E1 – Does Taking a Break Mean I’m Not a Real Writer?

You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won’t be able to take a break from being a writer. - Steven Leigh The post S38E1 – Does Taking a Break Mean I’m Not a Real Writer? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/1/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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S37E8 – It’s Published, It Must Be Good

Getting published is really exciting, but it’s not the point of writing. The actual writing is what it’s all about - the daily joy in sitting down to a blank page and crafting something beautiful or funny or heartwrenching or even just blah (depending on the day). - Bridget McNulty The post S37E8 – It’s Published, It Must Be Good appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/29/202211 minutes, 48 seconds
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S37 Bonus – Write What You Know

Start telling the stories that only you can tell. - Neil Gaiman The post S37 Bonus – Write What You Know appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/26/202225 minutes, 52 seconds
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S37E7 – Those Who Can’t Do, Teach

The expression ‘Those who can’t do, teach’ is a curious one, because if you look at the world, you’ll see that teachers aren’t particularly worse at doing things than anyone else, so perhaps the expression might be better worded as ‘nobody can do anything.’ - Lemony Snicket The post S37E7 – Those Who Can’t Do, Teach appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/24/202211 minutes, 16 seconds
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S37E6 – Characters Must Be Practically Perfect in Every Way

Make him honest. I don't mean 'never fish for spare change in a pay phone honest.' I mean 'tell it like it is and own up to it' honest. Readers will forgive a character for any number of flaws if the character is honest about who he is and what he's doing. - K.M. Weiland The post S37E6 – Characters Must Be Practically Perfect in Every Way appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/21/202211 minutes, 33 seconds
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S37E5 – You Should Publicly Respond to Criticism of Your Books

I learned long ago, never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. - George Bernard Shaw The post S37E5 – You Should Publicly Respond to Criticism of Your Books appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/17/202211 minutes, 56 seconds
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S37E4 – Other Authors are Your Competition

Different authors write different ways, and have different relationships with their audiences, and those are all legitimate. - John Green The post S37E4 – Other Authors are Your Competition appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/14/202211 minutes, 30 seconds
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S37E3 – Don’t Write Dark Things, It Just Glorifies Them

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without agreeing with it. - Aristotle The post S37E3 – Don’t Write Dark Things, It Just Glorifies Them appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/10/202210 minutes, 2 seconds
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S37E2 – If You’re Good Enough, You Don’t Need a Second Draft

The first draft is for you, the writer; the second and subsequent drafts are for the reader. Trying to do both things at once - figuring out what we want to say, while also fashioning it for another human being to read - is the curse of writer’s block. - Karen Karbo The post S37E2 – If You’re Good Enough, You Don’t Need a Second Draft appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/7/202210 minutes, 54 seconds
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S37E1 – You Should Only Write When You’re Inspired

You fail only if you stop writing. - Ray Bradbury The post S37E1 – You Should Only Write When You’re Inspired appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/3/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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S36E9 – Dark Psychology: Supernatural Curses

Barbossa : You don't know what this is, do ye? Elizabeth : It's a pirate medallion... Barbossa : This is Aztec gold. One of 882 identical pieces they delivered in a stone chest to Cortez himself. Blood money paid to stem the slaughter he wreaked upon them with his armies. But the greed of Cortez was insatiable. So the heathen gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse. Any mortal that removes but a piece from that stone chest shall be punished for eternity. - Pirates of the Caribbean The post S36E9 – Dark Psychology: Supernatural Curses appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/31/202211 minutes, 38 seconds
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S36 Bonus – The Dark Triad: Psychopathy, Narcissism, and Machiavellianism

Hannibal Lecter: What if I did it for you? Clarice Starling: Did what? Hannibal Lecter: Harmed them, Clarice. The ones who've harmed you. What if I made them scream apologies? No, I shouldn't even say it because you'll feel - with your perfect grasp on right and wrong - that you were somehow accompli- even though you wouldn't be. - Hannibal The post S36 Bonus – The Dark Triad: Psychopathy, Narcissism, and Machiavellianism appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/29/202238 minutes, 41 seconds
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S36E8 – Dark Psychology: Writing Realistic Dissociative Identity Disorder

Gollum: We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little Hobbitses. Wicked. Tricksy. False! Smeagol: No. Not master. Gollum: Yes, precious. False. They will cheat you, hurt you, LIE. Smeagol: Master's my friend! Gollum: You don't have any friends. Nobody likes you! Smeagol: Not listening, I'm not listening. Gollum: You're a liar and a thief. Smeagol: No. Gollum: Mur-der-er. Smeagol: Go away! - The Lord of the Rings The post S36E8 – Dark Psychology: Writing Realistic Dissociative Identity Disorder appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/27/202211 minutes, 50 seconds
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S36E7 – Dark Psychology: Writing Realistic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

ELLA: How’s your blog going? JOHN: Yeah, good. (He clears his throat awkwardly.) Very good. ELLA: You haven’t written a word, have you? JOHN (pointing to Ella’s notepad on her lap): You just wrote, “Still has trust issues.” ELLA: And you read my writing upside down. D’you see what I mean? (John smiles awkwardly.) ELLA: John, you’re a soldier, and it’s gonna take you a while to adjust to civilian life; and writing a blog about everything that happens to you will honestly help you. JOHN: Nothing happens to me. - Sherlock, BBC The post S36E7 – Dark Psychology: Writing Realistic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/24/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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S36E6 – Dark Psychology: The Effects of Imprisonment

BELLE: Who's there? Who are you? BEAST: The master of this castle. BELLE: I've come for my father. Please let him out! Can't you see he's sick? BEAST: Then he shouldn't have trespassed here. BELLE: But he could die. Please, I'll do anything! BEAST: There's nothing you can do. He's my prisoner. BELLE: Oh, there must be some way I can...wait! Take me, instead! BEAST: You! You would take his place? BELLE: If I did, would you let him go? BEAST: Yes, but you must promise to stay here forever. - Beauty and the Beast The post S36E6 – Dark Psychology: The Effects of Imprisonment appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/20/202211 minutes, 34 seconds
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S36E5 – Dark Psychology: Including Munchausen Syndrome in a Story

KYRA: I'm feeling much better now. MRS. COLLINS: I'm glad, honey. (beat) Time for your food. KYRA: Can I go outside, if I eat this? MRS. COLLINS: We'll see. You know how you get sick in the afternoon. Don't say it tastes funny. You know I don't like to hear that. - The Sixth Sense The post S36E5 – Dark Psychology: Including Munchausen Syndrome in a Story appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/17/202211 minutes, 44 seconds
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S36E4 – Dark Psychology: Brainwashing in Fiction

Steve Rogers: You know me. The Winter Soldier: No, I don’t! Steve Rogers: Bucky. you’ve known me your entire life. Your name is James Buchanan Barnes… The Winter Soldier: SHUT UP! Steve Rogers: I’m not gonna fight you. You’re my friend. The Winter Soldier: You’re my mission! YOU ARE MY MISSION! Steve Rogers: Then finish it. ‘Cause I’m with you ’til the end of the line. - Captain America: The Winter Soldier The post S36E4 – Dark Psychology: Brainwashing in Fiction appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/13/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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S36E3 – Dark Psychology: Adverse Childhood Experiences

People with happy families don't become spies. A bad childhood is the perfect background for covert ops. You don't trust anyone, you're used to getting smacked around, and you never get homesick. - Michael Westen, Burn Notice The post S36E3 – Dark Psychology: Adverse Childhood Experiences appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/10/202211 minutes, 51 seconds
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S36E2 – Dark Psychology: Writing Domestic Abuse

Earl : What is that, Jenna? What is that? Jenna : Money. Earl : It's all over the [darned] house! In cabinets, in drawers, under chairs, in closets! Money hidden all over my house! Jenna : [whispering] I'm sorry. Earl : After everything I've done for you, you go and hide money from me? [falls to his knees, sobbing] You're the only thing I ever loved, Jenna. You're the only person that ever belonged to me. And you having a secret from me tears me up. - Waitress (2007) The post S36E2 – Dark Psychology: Writing Domestic Abuse appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/6/202212 minutes, 21 seconds
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S36E1 – Dark Psychology: The Use of Gaslighting in Fiction

Enough with the lights, Rapunzel! You are not leaving this tower! Ever! … Great. Now I’m the bad guy. - Mother Gothel, Tangled The post S36E1 – Dark Psychology: The Use of Gaslighting in Fiction appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/3/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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S35E9 – The Confusion Caused by Bad Blocking

I can’t separate the process of writing from the visual process. I’m speaking only for myself here, but I’m a highly visual writer. In my imagination, when I’m thinking of a scene, I think of every last detail of it: the space, the color palette, the blocking of the actors, the placement of the camera. - Stephen Gaghan The post S35E9 – The Confusion Caused by Bad Blocking appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/29/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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S35E8 – When the Cliché is Too Cliché

My fear now is of cliche, of complacency, of not being able to feel authenticity in myself and those around me. - John Hawkes The post S35E8 – When the Cliché is Too Cliché appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/26/202211 minutes, 46 seconds
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S35 Bonus – Bad Writing Distracts from the Book

Read good books. Read bad books - and figure out why you don’t like them. Then don’t do it when you write. - Patricia Briggs The post S35 Bonus – Bad Writing Distracts from the Book appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/24/202226 minutes, 47 seconds
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S35E7 – Slow Beginnings Ruin Stories

I don’t get far enough into a boring book to hate it. - Gary Wills The post S35E7 – Slow Beginnings Ruin Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/22/202211 minutes, 55 seconds
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S35E6 – The Problem with Annoying Main Characters

Think of your main characters as dinner guests. Would your friends want to spend ten hours with the characters you’ve created? Your characters can be loveable, or they can be evil, but they’d better be compelling. ― Po Bronson The post S35E6 – The Problem with Annoying Main Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/20/202211 minutes, 55 seconds
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S35E5 – When Characters Make Bad Decisions

Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them ― in order that the reader may see what they are made of. ― Kurt Vonnegut The post S35E5 – When Characters Make Bad Decisions appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/15/202211 minutes, 38 seconds
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S35E4 – One Impossible Thing in Fiction

In older science fiction stories, they had to rely on storytelling as opposed to spectacle. The old run of the Twilight Zone, the star was the writing and the storytelling, and the characters and the twists and the cleverness in the setup and payoff and execution. - Josh Trank The post S35E4 – One Impossible Thing in Fiction appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/12/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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S35E3 – When There’s Buildup Without a Payoff

When telling a story, you should have three primary phases in order: the setup, the buildup, and the payoff. - Tynan The post S35E3 – When There’s Buildup Without a Payoff appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/8/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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S35E2 – Bad Beginnings Ruin a Story

The opening lines of a book are so important. You really need to somehow charm your reader. If you can’t get her attention in the first pages, you may have lost her. There has to be an ambiance. - Tatiana de Rosnay The post S35E2 – Bad Beginnings Ruin a Story appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/5/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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S35E1 – The Problem with Head-Hopping

Even if your readers don’t know what head-hopping is, by removing it from your novel you’ll give them a more immersive, suspenseful and authentic journey through the world you’ve built. Plus, you’ll ensure they’re reading your story, not trying to work out who’s telling it. - Louise Harnby The post S35E1 – The Problem with Head-Hopping appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/2/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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S34E9 – Two Publishing Paths: Pros and Cons

Books have a publishing standard, and every Indie Author is responsible to their readers in making sure those standards are met or exceeded. - Eeva Lancaster The post S34E9 – Two Publishing Paths: Pros and Cons appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/29/202210 minutes, 49 seconds
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S34 Bonus – Elements of a Villain

If you look at all of the villains in the course of human history, they’ve all believed, delusionally, in the virtue of their actions. Every villain is a hero in his own mind. – Tom Hiddleston The post S34 Bonus – Elements of a Villain appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/27/202234 minutes, 32 seconds
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S34E8 – How to Know When to Stop

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney The post S34E8 – How to Know When to Stop appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/25/202212 minutes
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S34E7 – Imposter Syndrome and Your Writing Skills

Describing your writing as trash while you’re still drafting is like looking at a bag of flour and an egg and saying “My cake tastes like crap.” – Paul Grealish The post S34E7 – Imposter Syndrome and Your Writing Skills appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/22/202212 minutes, 21 seconds
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S34E6 – Writing Humor and Comedy

Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke. – Joss Whedon The post S34E6 – Writing Humor and Comedy appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/18/202211 minutes, 53 seconds
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S34E5 – The Rule of Three in Writing

If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three. – Laurence J. Peter The post S34E5 – The Rule of Three in Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/15/202211 minutes, 28 seconds
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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 The post S34E4 – What’s in a (Book’s) Name? appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/11/202211 minutes, 24 seconds
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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 The post S34E3 – What’s in a (Pen)Name? appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/8/202211 minutes, 44 seconds
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S34E2 – Plotting vs. Pantsing, Take Two

Write down everything that happens in the story, then in the second draft make it look like you knew what you were doing all along. – Neil Gaiman The post S34E2 – Plotting vs. Pantsing, Take Two appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/4/202212 minutes
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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 The post S34E1 – The Lessons We’ve Learned appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/1/202211 minutes, 12 seconds
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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 The post Creating and Tracking Your Magic Systems appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/18/20220
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Notetaking: Crafting Fight Scenes and Fighters

Writing a first-draft battle scene is akin to real combat - chaos, confusion, and you must keep your cool as you fire word bullets downrange. - Don Roff The post Notetaking: Crafting Fight Scenes and Fighters appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/18/20220
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Worldbuilding: How to Create Realistic Fictional Cultures

It's important to create a sense of culture even if it is just a fantasy, and the best way to do that is to look at a real human culture and see what makes it cohesive. - Laine Taylor The post Worldbuilding: How to Create Realistic Fictional Cultures appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/18/20220
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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 The post S33E9 – Avoiding the Info Dump: The Villain Monologue appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/30/202212 minutes
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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 The post S33E8 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Within Dialogue appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/27/202211 minutes, 55 seconds
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S33 Bonus – It’s Okay to Info Dump, If You Do It Right

Exposition can serve as an explanation. It’s all in the arrangement…. Make them want the exposition so that, when you give it, it answers the questions they already possess. - Chuck Wendig The post S33 Bonus – It’s Okay to Info Dump, If You Do It Right appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/25/202225 minutes, 38 seconds
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S33E7 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Backstory

A little story is supported by a lot of untold backstory. What they get is more than what they see. - Karen Lord The post S33E7 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Backstory appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/23/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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S33E6 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Personalities and Descriptions

Creating characters is like throwing together ingredients for a recipe. I take characteristics I like and dislike in real people I know, or know of, and use them to embellish and define characters. - Cassandra Clare The post S33E6 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Personalities and Descriptions appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/20/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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S33E5 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Character Abilities

I think the hardest part of writing anything is getting exposition out easily, without hitting people over the head with it. - Jillian Bell The post S33E5 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Character Abilities appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/16/202210 minutes, 48 seconds
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S33E4 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Magic Systems

Not all readers are satisfied by the “And then the wizard saved the day!” plot point. Some want to understand the magic. They want to know its boundaries, see its limitations, and be able to anticipate the main character’s struggle. - Moriah Richard The post S33E4 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Magic Systems appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/13/202210 minutes, 54 seconds
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S33E3 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Your World’s Culture

The world doesn’t fully make sense until the writer has secured his version of it on the page. And the act of writing is strangely more lifelike than life. - Betsy Lerner The post S33E3 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Your World’s Culture appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/9/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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S33E2 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Your World’s History

History is made not simply with events, but by remembering those events. A double drumbeat like a heartbeat. History can be written not only with books, but with ceremonies. - Christopher Bram The post S33E2 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Your World’s History appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/6/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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S33E1 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Your World’s Politics

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. - Stephen King The post S33E1 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Your World’s Politics appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/2/202211 minutes, 46 seconds
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S32E9 – Misunderstandings Between the Reader and the Story

Language is the source of misunderstandings. Antoine de Saint-Exupery The post S32E9 – Misunderstandings Between the Reader and the Story appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/30/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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S23 Bonus – Evoking the Right Emotions in the Reader

The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. - The History Boys The post S23 Bonus – Evoking the Right Emotions in the Reader appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/28/202248 minutes, 35 seconds
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S32E8 – The Debate About Trigger Warnings

I wondered, reading about the college discussions, whether, one day, people would put a trigger warning on my fiction. I wondered whether or not they would be justified in doing it. And then I decided to do it first. - Neil Gaiman The idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is what I absolutely do not subscribe to. - John Cleese The post S32E8 – The Debate About Trigger Warnings appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/26/202211 minutes, 51 seconds
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S32E7 – The Reader and the Fourth Wall

Hey! Yeah, you! I'm down here, busting my ***, while you sit on yours watching me jump around? How is that fair? - Deadpool The post S32E7 – The Reader and the Fourth Wall appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/23/20229 minutes, 58 seconds
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S32E6 – How Tropes and Clichés Play Into Reader Psychology

Plenty of masterpieces are just one cliché after another, Mozart for example, but that's quite natural, because if you think about it, two clichés that have met one another can beget the most original and profound effect. - Thomas Ades The post S32E6 – How Tropes and Clichés Play Into Reader Psychology appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/19/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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S32E5 – The Psychology of Names and Sounds

Never trust a man with two first names, especially if one of them's a woman's. - Joel Hodgson, Mystery Science Theater 3000 The post S32E5 – The Psychology of Names and Sounds appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/16/202211 minutes, 37 seconds
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S32E4 – Because I Said So: When Readers Accept Fudged Facts

You can make anything by writing. - C.S. Lewis The post S32E4 – Because I Said So: When Readers Accept Fudged Facts appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/12/202212 minutes
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S32E3 – Impact of Opinions on the Reader

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. - Brandon Sanderson The post S32E3 – Impact of Opinions on the Reader appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/9/202212 minutes, 11 seconds
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S32E2 – Reading to Escape

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. - Mason Cooley The post S32E2 – Reading to Escape appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/5/202211 minutes, 34 seconds
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S32E1 – The Mechanics of Reading

Consolation from imaginary things is not imaginary consolation. - Roger Scruton The post S32E1 – The Mechanics of Reading appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/3/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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S31 Bonus – Using Writing Skills from Multiple Mediums

The act of choosing - the stories we tell versus the stories we leave out - will reverberate across the rest of your life. - Lin-Manuel Miranda The post S31 Bonus – Using Writing Skills from Multiple Mediums appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/30/202235 minutes, 26 seconds
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S31E8 – The Art of Writing Monologues for Actors

As a practical matter, I like the dramatic monologue for its compelling intimacy. To be inside one’s character, to register his or her every vagrant thought, emotion, and response - the first-person viewpoint grants this privilege and immediacy. - Norman Lock The post S31E8 – The Art of Writing Monologues for Actors appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/28/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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S31E7 – Finding Story Within Gaming

Video games foster the mindset that allows creativity to grow. - Nolan Bushnell The post S31E7 – Finding Story Within Gaming appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/25/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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S31E6 – Artistic Storytelling Through Comics

Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent. - Dr. Seuss The post S31E6 – Artistic Storytelling Through Comics appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/21/202211 minutes, 37 seconds
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S31E5 – Journalistic Storytelling

From journalism I learned to write under pressure, to work with deadlines, to have limited space and time, to conduct an interview, to find information, to research, and above all, to use language as efficiently as possible and to remember always that there is a reader out there. - Isabel Allende The post S31E5 – Journalistic Storytelling appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/18/202211 minutes, 33 seconds
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S31E4 – Stories in Advertising and Commercials

Creative without strategy is called art. Creative with strategy is called advertising. - Jef I. Richards The post S31E4 – Stories in Advertising and Commercials appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/14/202211 minutes, 50 seconds
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S31E3 – What Makes Playwriting Unique

Playwriting gets into your blood and you can’t stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tell you to. - T.S. Eliot The post S31E3 – What Makes Playwriting Unique appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/11/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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S31E2 – Writing for the Silver Screen

To make a great film, you need three things: the script, the script, and the script. - Alfred Hitchcock The post S31E2 – Writing for the Silver Screen appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/7/202211 minutes, 53 seconds
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S31E1 – Storytelling for the Internet: Blogging, YouTubing, and Podcasting

The Internet is allowing us to get back to what’s really more natural, which is that storytelling is a shared thing. It is our natural way to be communal. - Joseph Gordon Levitt The post S31E1 – Storytelling for the Internet: Blogging, YouTubing, and Podcasting appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/4/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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S30E9 – Coming of Age Stories

I don't give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am - I really do - but people never notice it. People never notice anything. - JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye The post S30E9 – Coming of Age Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/31/202211 minutes, 36 seconds
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S30E8 – The Odd Couple

What's wrong with policemen on television these days? They're always complete opposites. One's of them fat and poor, the other one's thin and posh. One of them's a woman, the other one's a Martian. One of them has four heads, one of them's allergic to heads. - Inspector Fowler, The Thin Blue Line The post S30E8 – The Odd Couple appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/28/202211 minutes, 44 seconds
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S30BE – The Unreliable Narrator

Don’t worry: These ramblings will not be insufferably gloomy…. When at first I proved unable to keep the tone light, Ozzie suggested that I be an unreliable narrator. “It worked for Agatha Christie in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” he said. In that first-person mystery novel, the nice-guy narrator turns out to be the murderer of Roger Ackroyd, a fact he conceals from the reader until the end. Understand, I am not a murderer. I have done nothing evil that I am concealing from you. My unreliability as a narrator has to do largely with the tense of certain verbs…. - Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas The post S30BE – The Unreliable Narrator appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/26/202224 minutes, 55 seconds
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S30E7 – The Fake Dating Experience

“I think that it would be best if we laid down some ground rules. Before starting.” “Ground rules?” “Yes. You know. What we are allowed and not allowed to do. What we can expect from this arrangement. I think that’s pretty standard protocol, before embarking on a fake-dating relationship.” - Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis The post S30E7 – The Fake Dating Experience appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/24/202211 minutes, 33 seconds
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S30E6 – Heist Stories, aka The Caper

Charlie, there are two kinds of thieves in this world: The ones who steal to enrich their lives, and those who steal to define their lives. Don't be the latter. Makes you miss out on what's really important in this life. - Italian Job The post S30E6 – Heist Stories, aka The Caper appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/21/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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S30E5 – A Descent Into Villainy and Madness

To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep… To sleep, perchance to dream - William Shakespeare, Hamlet The post S30E5 – A Descent Into Villainy and Madness appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/17/202211 minutes, 37 seconds
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S30E4 – The Portal Fantasy

When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one! - Lewis Caroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The post S30E4 – The Portal Fantasy appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/14/202211 minutes, 24 seconds
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S30E3 – The Locked Room Mystery

The door had been locked from the inside. The windows were barred, locked from the inside, didn't open and were made of brick. All the books were chained to the shelf save one, open on the table at a page entitled 'How to secure a room from the inside'. All the boxes had been ticked. And even the pen used to make the ticks was one of those ones on a little chain you get in banks.- John Finnemore, Souvenir Programme The post S30E3 – The Locked Room Mystery appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/10/202211 minutes, 56 seconds
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S30E2 – Rags to Riches

The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated. - My Fair Lady The post S30E2 – Rags to Riches appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/7/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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S30E1 – Enemies to Lovers

Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you... I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family's expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony. - Pride and Prejudice (2005) The post S30E1 – Enemies to Lovers appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/3/202211 minutes, 51 seconds
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S29E8 – Making the Most of Keywords and Blurbs

Technology allows more people to tell more stories in more ways. Storytelling knows no boundaries. I believe print and web can work beautifully together. - Donna Talarico The post S29E8 – Making the Most of Keywords and Blurbs appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/28/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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S29 Bonus – Marketing Professionals with Janine Pangantihon

At its very core, marketing is storytelling. The best advertising campaigns take us on an emotional journey - appealing to our wants, needs, and desires - while at the same time telling us about a product or service. - Melinda Partin The post S29 Bonus – Marketing Professionals with Janine Pangantihon appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/26/202238 minutes, 54 seconds
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S29E7 – What To Do While Your Editor Edits

You were the author when you wrote the book; now you’re the publisher making publishing and marketing plans - Joel Friedlander The post S29E7 – What To Do While Your Editor Edits appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/24/202211 minutes, 50 seconds
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S29E6 – Developing Your Author Identity

We tell stories because we have a hollow place in our heart. You don’t fill that with success. You fill it by finding yourself in the stories you tell. - Guillermo Del Toro The post S29E6 – Developing Your Author Identity appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/21/202211 minutes, 48 seconds
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S29E5 – The Purpose and Value of News Releases

Without publicity, a terrible thing happens: nothing. - PT Barnum The post S29E5 – The Purpose and Value of News Releases appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/17/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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S29E4 – Marketing Books Through Newsletters

Email has an ability many channels don’t: creating valuable, personal touches - at scale. - David Newman The post S29E4 – Marketing Books Through Newsletters appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/14/202211 minutes, 47 seconds
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S29E3 – Building an Effective Author Website

A good website gets stronger over time, puts you directly in touch with your readers, and is a long-term investment in your author career. - Jane Friedman The post S29E3 – Building an Effective Author Website appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/10/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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S29E2 – About the AIDA Funnel

Book marketing is like opening doors for your readers to find you, not a stick you hit them with. - Heather Hart The post S29E2 – About the AIDA Funnel appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/7/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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S29E1 – How to Waste Money on Marketing

Half of the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half. - John Wanamaker The post S29E1 – How to Waste Money on Marketing appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/3/202211 minutes, 10 seconds
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S28E9 – The Habit of Finishing Your Work

They belong to their readers now, which is a great thing–because the books are more powerful in the hands of my readers than they could ever be in my hands. - John Green The post S28E9 – The Habit of Finishing Your Work appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/31/202216 minutes, 48 seconds
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S28BE – Staying Inspired During the Writing Process

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London The post S28BE – Staying Inspired During the Writing Process appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/29/202234 minutes, 27 seconds
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S28E8 – The Best Resources for Your Writing

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. - Dorothy Parker The post S28E8 – The Best Resources for Your Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/28/202211 minutes, 17 seconds
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S28E7 – Learning While Consuming Stories

I always read books twice. The first time, you appreciate the story. The second time, you appreciate the writing. - Anonymous The post S28E7 – Learning While Consuming Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/25/202211 minutes, 41 seconds
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S28E6 – Building a Writing Community

So writing is not just writing. It is also having a relationship with other writers. And don’t be jealous, especially in secret. That’s the worst kind. If someone writes something great, it’s just more clarity in the world for all of us. - Natalie Goldberg The post S28E6 – Building a Writing Community appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/21/202211 minutes, 47 seconds
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S28E5 – Preparing Your Environment for Writing

Writing a great book requires its own form of privacy or solitude - a room or corner where you can be creative, productive, relaxed, and not be distracted by people or things while you write. - David K Jeremiah The post S28E5 – Preparing Your Environment for Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/17/202211 minutes, 38 seconds
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S28E4 – Hacking Your Brain to Make Writing an Addiction

The brain is like the muscle; books are the diet and writing is the workout. - Stewart Stafford The post S28E4 – Hacking Your Brain to Make Writing an Addiction appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/13/202211 minutes, 45 seconds
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S28E3 – Improving Your Writing Through Time Management

It’s not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about? - Henry David Thoreau The post S28E3 – Improving Your Writing Through Time Management appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/11/202211 minutes, 37 seconds
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S28E2 – Setting Realistic Writing Goals

The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better tomorrow. - Simon Sinek The post S28E2 – Setting Realistic Writing Goals appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/6/202211 minutes, 51 seconds
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S28E1 – Discovering Yourself Through Writing

My writing is a very authentic journey of discovery. I’m going out there to learn who I am. My readers, consequently, take the same journey as my protagonist. - Ted Dekker The post S28E1 – Discovering Yourself Through Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/3/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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S27E9 – What Are the Current Trends in Fiction, and Should I Follow Them?

You are not the next Stephen King. You are not the next Emma Bull. You are not the next anyone. You are the very first you. - Seanan McGuire The post S27E9 – What Are the Current Trends in Fiction, and Should I Follow Them? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/30/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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S27E8 – How Do I Transition From One Scene to Another?

It’s like a piece of music; you never lose sight of the theme. Each scene pushes off to the next like music builds and you can almost hear the next chord progression, so it has a strict structure, which is very compelling. - David Strathairn The post S27E8 – How Do I Transition From One Scene to Another? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/27/202111 minutes, 47 seconds
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S27 Bonus – What Is a Query Letter, and How Do I Write One?

The hardest thing about writing a novel is getting it published. - Marianne Cushing The post S27 Bonus – What Is a Query Letter, and How Do I Write One? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/25/202136 minutes, 59 seconds
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S27E7 – How Do I Know Where My Story Begins?

Writing the opening lines of a story is a bit like starting to ski at the steepest part of the hill. You must have all your skills under control from the first instant. - Marion Dane Bauer The post S27E7 – How Do I Know Where My Story Begins? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/23/202111 minutes, 11 seconds
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S27E6 – Can I Use Swear Words in My Novel?

Writing for adults often means just increasing the swearing - but find an alternative to swearing and you’ve probably got a better line. - Steven Moffat I am the master of all the words, and F*** is the best one. - Tumblr user headspace-hotel The post S27E6 – Can I Use Swear Words in My Novel? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/20/202111 minutes, 50 seconds
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S27E5 – How Do I Write Morally Gray Characters?

Sometimes, the smaller roles in movies can be the most interesting. If you only take the stance that you'll only play central characters in movies, you’ll find yourself not being able to indulge in that morally gray terrain that makes support characters so rich and interesting. - Joel Edgerton The post S27E5 – How Do I Write Morally Gray Characters? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/16/202111 minutes, 36 seconds
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S27E4 – How Do I Write a Fight Scene? How Accurate Should It Be?

A fight scene cannot be in your work simply because it is awesome. Hot dogs are awesome too. But not if what you are making is a hot fudge sundae. - Carla Hoch The post S27E4 – How Do I Write a Fight Scene? How Accurate Should It Be? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/14/202111 minutes, 53 seconds
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S27E3 – How Important is Being Unique?

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original. Whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence about how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. - CS Lewis The post S27E3 – How Important is Being Unique? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/9/202111 minutes, 57 seconds
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S7E2 – How Do I Describe Characters Without Boring the Reader?

Good description is a learned skill, one of those primary reasons you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It’s not just a question of how-to, you see; it’s also a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing. - Stephen King The post S7E2 – How Do I Describe Characters Without Boring the Reader? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/7/202111 minutes, 34 seconds
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S27E1 – How Do I Write a Good Short Story?

A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph, a novel is a film. - Lorrie Moore The post S27E1 – How Do I Write a Good Short Story? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/2/202111 minutes, 49 seconds
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S26E9 – How to Avoid Crippling Your Language

Writing long sentences is like adding water to tea; the more words, the weaker the message. - Diana Booher The post S26E9 – How to Avoid Crippling Your Language appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/29/202111 minutes, 27 seconds
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S26 Bonus – Playing with Language

The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it. - Jonathan Culver The post S26 Bonus – Playing with Language appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/27/202121 minutes, 54 seconds
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S26E8 – When in Doubt, Leave it Out

I think sometimes we give people a lot of credit just because they’re writing nice sentences, even if it isn’t adding up to much. - James Patterson The post S26E8 – When in Doubt, Leave it Out appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/25/202111 minutes, 40 seconds
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S26E7 – The Basics of Sentence Structure

A lot of aspiring writers are all ready to write a novel, but they don’t know how to write sentences. - Tom Robbins The post S26E7 – The Basics of Sentence Structure appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/22/202111 minutes, 28 seconds
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S26E6 – Uh, Phrasing!

Grammar is to a writer what anatomy is to a sculptor, or the scales to a musician. You may loathe it, it may bore you, but nothing will replace it, and once mastered it will support you like a rock. - B.J. Chute The post S26E6 – Uh, Phrasing! appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/19/202111 minutes, 38 seconds
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S26E5 – The Rules of Commas

The rule is: don’t use commas like a stupid person. I mean it. - Lynne Truss The post S26E5 – The Rules of Commas appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/16/202111 minutes, 38 seconds
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S26E4 – The Parts of Speech (Part Two)

The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson The post S26E4 – The Parts of Speech (Part Two) appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/12/202111 minutes, 14 seconds
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S26E3 – The Parts of Speech (Part One)

There are ten parts of speech and they are all troublesome. - Mark Twain The post S26E3 – The Parts of Speech (Part One) appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/8/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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S26E2 – The Basics of Formatting Styles

The beauty of type lies in its utility; prettiness without readability serves neither the author nor the reader. - James Felici The post S26E2 – The Basics of Formatting Styles appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/4/202111 minutes, 55 seconds
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S26E1 – Becoming a Student of Language

Loving your language means a command of its vocabulary beyond the level of the everyday. - John H. McWhorter The post S26E1 – Becoming a Student of Language appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/1/202111 minutes, 25 seconds
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S25 Bonus – A Guide to Finishing Your Book

For more than three years I wrote more than 400 words every day. I mean, every calendar day. If, in those pre-portable days, I couldn’t get to a keyboard, I wrote hard the previous night and caught up the following day, and if it ever seemed that it was easy to do the average I upped the average. - Terry Pratchett The post S25 Bonus – A Guide to Finishing Your Book appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/30/202144 minutes, 22 seconds
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S25E8 – A Guide to Building an Author Brand

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works. - Virginia Woolf The post S25E8 – A Guide to Building an Author Brand appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/28/202111 minutes, 31 seconds
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S25E7 – A Guide to Publishing

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. - Mortimer J. Adler The post S25E7 – A Guide to Publishing appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/26/202111 minutes, 11 seconds
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S25E6 – A Guide to Plotting the Series

There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. - Frank Herbert The post S25E6 – A Guide to Plotting the Series appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/21/202110 minutes, 49 seconds
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S25E5 – A Guide to Designing Support Characters

Some battles are best fought with a sidekick. - Krista Ritchie The post S25E5 – A Guide to Designing Support Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/18/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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S25E4 – A Guide to Designing the Main Character

A hero is a person who says yes to adventure. - Kendra Levin The post S25E4 – A Guide to Designing the Main Character appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/14/202111 minutes, 6 seconds
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S25E3 – A Guide to Worldbuilding

In many ways, a book is, in itself, a tiny universe. Each page is like a newly formed galaxy, fashioned from a single, pulsing thought. A book travels for days, for years, sometimes for centuries to meet you at an exact point in time. - Lang Leav The post S25E3 – A Guide to Worldbuilding appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/11/202111 minutes, 31 seconds
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S25E2 – A Guide to Plotting a Hero’s Journey

There is what I would call the hero journey, the night sea journey, the hero quest, where the individual is going to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before. - Joseph Campbell The post S25E2 – A Guide to Plotting a Hero’s Journey appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/7/202111 minutes, 27 seconds
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S25E1 – A Guide to Stirring the Imagination

Indulge your imagination in every possible flight. - Jane Austen The post S25E1 – A Guide to Stirring the Imagination appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/4/202111 minutes, 47 seconds
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S24E9 – Futuristic and Dystopian Stories

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. - Rudyard Kipling The post S24E9 – Futuristic and Dystopian Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/30/202111 minutes, 36 seconds
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S24E8 – The History of Superheroes

The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come. - Steve Jobs The post S24E8 – The History of Superheroes appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/27/202111 minutes, 22 seconds
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S24E7 – The Creation of Monster Fiction

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. - Stephen King The post S24E7 – The Creation of Monster Fiction appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/24/202111 minutes, 29 seconds
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S24E6 – Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. - C.S. Lewis The post S24E6 – Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/20/202112 minutes
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S23E5 – Shakespeare and the Printing Press

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players - William Shakespeare The post S23E5 – Shakespeare and the Printing Press appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/16/202111 minutes, 40 seconds
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S24E4 – Educational Storytelling and the Use of Theater

That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again. - Walt Disney The post S24E4 – Educational Storytelling and the Use of Theater appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/13/202111 minutes, 27 seconds
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S24E3 – Introduction of Man vs. Man and Character Arcs

At the heart of every story is conflict. Whether external or internal, make it a good one, and remember that this problem is going to shape your character, leaving her forever changed. - Jennifer McMahon The post S24E3 – Introduction of Man vs. Man and Character Arcs appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/9/202111 minutes, 27 seconds
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S24E2 – Stories of Gods and Fate

Upon my word, just see how mortal men always put the blame on us gods! We are the source of evil, so they say - when they have only their own madness to think if their miseries are worse than they ought to be. - The Odyssey The post S24E2 – Stories of Gods and Fate appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/6/202111 minutes, 28 seconds
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S24E1 – Storytelling in Prehistoric Times

Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution - more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to. - Lisa Cron The post S24E1 – Storytelling in Prehistoric Times appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/2/202111 minutes, 23 seconds
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S23E9 – Choose Your Adventure

I wish it need not have happened in my time. So do I and so do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. - J.R.R. Tolkein The post S23E9 – Choose Your Adventure appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/30/202111 minutes, 39 seconds
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S23E8 – Reverse, Reverse! Telling a Story Backwards

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. - Dorothea Lange The post S23E8 – Reverse, Reverse! Telling a Story Backwards appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/26/202111 minutes, 41 seconds
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S23E7 – A Story Within a Story

Will you take a look at that? Pretty pathetic, huh? Well, you'll never believe this, but that llama you're looking at was once a human being. And not just any human being. That guy was an emperor. A rich, powerful ball of charisma. Oh, yeah! This is his story. Well, actually, my story. - Emperor's New Groove The post S23E7 – A Story Within a Story appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/23/202111 minutes, 59 seconds
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S23E6 – Structuring a Paradigm Shift

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. - Wayne Dyer The post S23E6 – Structuring a Paradigm Shift appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/19/202111 minutes, 18 seconds
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S23E5 – Using Amnesia in a Story Plot

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters. - Margaret Peters The post S23E5 – Using Amnesia in a Story Plot appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/16/202111 minutes, 46 seconds
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S23E4 – Structure with Recursion

Only myths and fables do not know the limits of possibility. - Andrzej Sapkowski The post S23E4 – Structure with Recursion appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/12/202111 minutes, 34 seconds
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S23E3 – Rashomon Stories

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. - Albert Einstein The post S23E3 – Rashomon Stories appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/9/202111 minutes, 32 seconds
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S23E2 – Parallel Structure

You wizards are all the same. You speak nonsense while making wise and meaningful faces. - The Witcher The post S23E2 – Parallel Structure appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/5/202111 minutes, 53 seconds
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S23E1 – Stories About Time

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. - The Doctor (Doctor Who) The post S23E1 – Stories About Time appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/2/202111 minutes, 9 seconds
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S22 Bonus – Favorite Moments

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. - Mark Twain The post S22 Bonus – Favorite Moments appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/31/202148 minutes, 31 seconds
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S22E9 – Fog and Flame: Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is different than setting in my opinion. Setting is a room. A backdrop. It’s scenery. But without good worldbuilding, you can’t have realistic feeling scenery. You can’t have cool, unique backdrops for your story. - Patrick Rothfuss The post S22E9 – Fog and Flame: Worldbuilding appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/29/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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S22E8 – K/D Ratio: Beats in Dialogue

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - Benjamin Franklin The post S22E8 – K/D Ratio: Beats in Dialogue appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/27/202111 minutes, 54 seconds
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S22E7 – Fog and Flame: Character Development

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. - Stephen King The post S22E7 – Fog and Flame: Character Development appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/22/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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S22E6 – K/D Ratio: Character Voice

Character is plot, plot is character. - F Scott Fitzgerald The post S22E6 – K/D Ratio: Character Voice appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/19/202111 minutes, 56 seconds
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S22E5 – Fog and Flame: Take it Back Now Y’all!

This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot. - Graham Chapman The post S22E5 – Fog and Flame: Take it Back Now Y’all! appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/15/202111 minutes, 30 seconds
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S22E4 – K/D Ratio: Setup and Payoff

There’s an old rule of theater that goes, “If there’s a gun on the mantle in act one, it must go off in act two.” The reverse is also true. - Steven King The post S22E4 – K/D Ratio: Setup and Payoff appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/12/202111 minutes, 52 seconds
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S22E3 – Fog and Flame: First-Person Omniscient

The voice of the narrator who knows the whole story cannot be dismissed as old-fashioned or uncool. It’s not only the oldest and the most widely used storytelling voice, it’s also the most versatile, flexible, and complex of the points of view. - Ursula K. LeGuin The post S22E3 – Fog and Flame: First-Person Omniscient appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/8/202110 minutes, 21 seconds
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S22E2 – K/D Ratio: Structural Changes

Plots may be simple or complex, but suspense and climactic progress from one incident to another, are essential. - HP Lovecraft The post S22E2 – K/D Ratio: Structural Changes appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/5/202111 minutes, 42 seconds
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S22E1 – Editing Demonstration: Overview

Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to see the light. - Dan Brown The post S22E1 – Editing Demonstration: Overview appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/1/202111 minutes, 39 seconds
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Extended Archives: Determining the Genre

There are so many subgenres listed in KDP and other self-publishing sites that it can be more than overwhelming to figure out the right ones. Experienced authors and publishers know the importance of picking the right one, which just increases that pressure. In this extended episode from our archives, we take a closer look at... The post Extended Archives: Determining the Genre appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/23/202117 minutes, 16 seconds
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Extended Archives – Before You Write

No matter where you are in your writing journey or what kind of writer you are, there are some things you need to know before you ever put that pen to paper (or fingers to a keyboard). It doesn’t always have to be the plot of the story or a detailed history of the characters.... The post Extended Archives – Before You Write appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/9/202115 minutes
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Extended Archives – Getting Effective Reviews

Reviews can mean everything for book sales. Good ones can help a book thrive, while bad ones can drive away potential readers. In this episode, Leigh and Ley discuss ways to get the most effective reviews. Original episode aired July 23, 2020. The post Extended Archives – Getting Effective Reviews appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/3/202116 minutes, 31 seconds
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Extended Archives – Social Media and Marketing

Book marketing is like opening doors for your readers to find you, not a stick you hit them with. - Heather Hart The post Extended Archives – Social Media and Marketing appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/27/202118 minutes, 48 seconds
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Extended Archives – Writing Right Right Now

I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles. - Shannon Hale The post Extended Archives – Writing Right Right Now appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/19/202118 minutes, 41 seconds
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Extended Archives – Rules of Writing

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. - Neil Gaiman The post Extended Archives – Rules of Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/12/202117 minutes, 28 seconds
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Extended Archives – Target Audience

If your target audience isn't listening, it's not their fault. It's yours. - Seth Godin The post Extended Archives – Target Audience appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/5/202117 minutes, 32 seconds
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S21E9 – Villainy: Should Villains Be Evil?

There is indeed good and there is indeed evil, and both walk the earth…. Both good and evil vie for the passions of the heart. For love! - Ted Dekker Every villain is a hero in his own mind. - Tom Hiddleston The post S21E9 – Villainy: Should Villains Be Evil? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/29/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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S21E8 – Point of View: Single or Multiple?

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. - George RR Martin Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day. - Ray Bradbury The post S21E8 – Point of View: Single or Multiple? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/27/202111 minutes, 21 seconds
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S21 Bonus – Story Building: Plot First or Character First?

Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. - Ray Bradbury But how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you've traveled with them through every page? - Shannon Hale The post S21 Bonus – Story Building: Plot First or Character First? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/25/202118 minutes, 47 seconds
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S21E7 – Stories: How Many Different Stories Exist?

There is nothing new, from Greek mythology to Shakespeare to every romcom ever made, we’re just reimagining the same 12 plots over and over again -so what makes people keep watching and listening? It’s all about the character. - Jeremy Renner The inner story, though the same in essence for all, is always single and unique to each human being, never before lived and never to be repeated. - Helen M. Luke The post S21E7 – Stories: How Many Different Stories Exist? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/22/202111 minutes, 30 seconds
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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 The post S21E6 – Point of View: Third- or First-Person? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/19/202111 minutes, 45 seconds
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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 The post S21E5 – Romantic Subplots: Are They Necessary? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/15/202111 minutes, 51 seconds
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S21E4 – Word Count: Push the Limits or Stay Reserved?

The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. - Charles R Swindoll The secret of being boring is to say everything. - Voltaire The post S21E4 – Word Count: Push the Limits or Stay Reserved? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/12/202111 minutes, 13 seconds
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S21E3 – Word Choice: To Use Big Words or Not to Use Big Words

A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion. - Ludwig Wittgenstein Poor Faulkner. Does he really think that big emotions come from big words? - Earnest Hemingway The post S21E3 – Word Choice: To Use Big Words or Not to Use Big Words appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/8/202112 minutes, 14 seconds
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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 The post S21E2 – Fanfiction: Is it Really Writing? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/5/202111 minutes, 11 seconds
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S21E1 – Writing Prompts: Helpful or Not?

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. - Louis L’Amour The post S21E1 – Writing Prompts: Helpful or Not? appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/1/202111 minutes, 39 seconds
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S20E9 – Myth Nine: Everything is Better as a Trilogy

Snowballing a story into a series to establish yourself as an author can be a smart strategy. But if you try to snowball a weak story, you’ll have a snowball’s chance in hell of success. - Lisa Poisso The post S20E9 – Myth Nine: Everything is Better as a Trilogy appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/30/202111 minutes, 37 seconds
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S20 Bonus – Myth Ten: Self-Publishing is Free

At heart, self-publishing is kind of like a bake sale. The end product does not need to resemble the one that comes from a commercial bakery, but it must taste good. No one wants the lumpy, under-baked oatmeal cookies with spinach and alfalfa flavored chips. - D.C. Williams The post S20 Bonus – Myth Ten: Self-Publishing is Free appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/27/202122 minutes, 59 seconds
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S20E8 – Myth Eight: Worthy Ideas are Unique

One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion. - Tim Ferriss The post S20E8 – Myth Eight: Worthy Ideas are Unique appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/25/202111 minutes, 25 seconds
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S20E7 – Myth Seven: Writing is Easy

Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find writing is hard, it’s because writing is hard. - William Zinsser The post S20E7 – Myth Seven: Writing is Easy appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/22/202111 minutes, 7 seconds
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S20E6 – Myth Six: A Good Book Will Sell Itself

Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to. - Henry Van Dyke The post S20E6 – Myth Six: A Good Book Will Sell Itself appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/19/202111 minutes, 8 seconds
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S20E5 – Myth Five: A True Writer is _____

No one is born a writer. You must become a writer. In fact, you never cease becoming, because you never stop learning how to write. Even now, I am becoming a writer. And so are you. - Joe Bunting The post S20E5 – Myth Five: A True Writer is _____ appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/15/202111 minutes, 37 seconds
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S20E4 – Myth Four: Characters Control the Author

I craft everything in the beginning. I know where the characters are going before I start writing the book. - Ann Patchett The post S20E4 – Myth Four: Characters Control the Author appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/11/202111 minutes, 23 seconds
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S20E3 – Myth Three: Said is Dead

Books full of inept dialogue tags get published all the time. Of course they do. Not all published writers are good writers. - Dean Koontz The post S20E3 – Myth Three: Said is Dead appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/8/202111 minutes, 28 seconds
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S20E2 – Myth Two: Write What You Know

Don’t write what you know. Write what you love. That’s what will keep you writing. - Chris Humphreys The post S20E2 – Myth Two: Write What You Know appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/4/202111 minutes
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S20E1 – Myth One: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

If people don’t notice your cover or don’t connect with it, the author of the book next to yours will be very grateful. - David Leonhardt The post S20E1 – Myth One: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/1/202111 minutes, 18 seconds
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S19 Bonus – Always Add a Fight, featuring Fight Write

People will forget what you say but they won’t forget how you make them feel. - Maya Angelou The post S19 Bonus – Always Add a Fight, featuring Fight Write appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/28/202156 minutes, 41 seconds
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S19E8 – Preparing for Act III

I took a master class with Billy Wilder once and he said that in the first act of a story you put your character up in a tree and the second act you set the tree on fire and then in the third you get him down. - Gary Kurtz The post S19E8 – Preparing for Act III appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/25/202111 minutes, 29 seconds
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S19E7 – A Leader’s Bad Decision

They are one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy - not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without an order, signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. If you want to get a lift from a Vogon, forget it. They are vile and ill tempered. If you want to get a drink from a Vogon, stick your finger down his throat. If you want to annoy a Vogon, feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. - Douglas Adams The post S19E7 – A Leader’s Bad Decision appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/22/202110 minutes, 51 seconds
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S19E6 – Using the Weather and Other Acts of God

Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster. - Jim Wallis The post S19E6 – Using the Weather and Other Acts of God appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/18/202110 minutes, 37 seconds
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S19E5 – Romance and Drunkenness

A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk. - Charlie Chaplin The post S19E5 – Romance and Drunkenness appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/15/202110 minutes, 28 seconds
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S19E4 – Creating a Holiday for Worldbuilding

Look within your fictional cultures at their day to day lives. And ask what’s important to them. Some holidays come up whole cloth out of your world’s history and cultural diversity. If it was important to their view of history, it’s important enough to have a day set aside for it, with reenactments, good food, and traditional music, dance, and acting. - Robert A. Sloan The post S19E4 – Creating a Holiday for Worldbuilding appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/11/202111 minutes, 25 seconds
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S18E3 – Time for a Casting Change

My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play in it, for good or evil, before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many. - J.R.R. Tolkien The post S18E3 – Time for a Casting Change appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/8/202111 minutes, 29 seconds
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S19E2 – A Secret Revealed

Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours. - Erin Morgenstern The post S19E2 – A Secret Revealed appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/4/202111 minutes, 54 seconds
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S19E1 – Using Footholds to Find Direction

But a singular sense of impending calamity, that should indeed have served me as a warning, drove me onward. - H.G. Wells The post S19E1 – Using Footholds to Find Direction appeared first on Writing Roots.
2/1/202111 minutes, 29 seconds
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S18 Bonus – Pearls from the Masters: Brandon Sanderson

You could be writing the book that changes your life. - Brandon Sanderson The post S18 Bonus – Pearls from the Masters: Brandon Sanderson appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/30/202130 minutes, 52 seconds
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S18E8 – Pearls from the Masters: Ernest Hemingway

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. - Ernest Hemingway The post S18E8 – Pearls from the Masters: Ernest Hemingway appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/28/202111 minutes, 17 seconds
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S18E7 – Pearls from the Masters: J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis

It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons. - J.R.R. Tolkein It doesn’t matter what we write..., so long as we write continually as well as we can. - C.S. Lewis The post S18E7 – Pearls from the Masters: J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/26/202111 minutes, 29 seconds
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S18E6 – Pearls from the Masters: Agatha Christie

Never tell all you know - not even to the person you know best. - Agatha Christie The post S18E6 – Pearls from the Masters: Agatha Christie appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/21/202111 minutes, 23 seconds
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S18E5 – Pearls from the Masters: Aristotle

To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. - Aristotle The post S18E5 – Pearls from the Masters: Aristotle appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/18/202111 minutes, 26 seconds
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S18E4 – Pearls from the Masters: Lee Child

I became a writer not principally because I’m in love with the idea of being a writer, but I’m in love with the idea of entertainment. I just want to entertain people. - Lee Child The post S18E4 – Pearls from the Masters: Lee Child appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/14/202111 minutes, 7 seconds
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S18E3 – Pearls from the Masters: Neil Gaiman

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. - Neil Gaiman The post S18E3 – Pearls from the Masters: Neil Gaiman appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/11/202111 minutes, 20 seconds
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S18E2 – Pearls from the Masters: John Green

I often get mad at myself because I’m writing poorly, or worry that I’ll never write another book, or feel frustrated because I’m up against the limits of my talents, but I never dread writing. So I often feel that I’m not up to the task, but I never dread it. - John Green The post S18E2 – Pearls from the Masters: John Green appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/7/202111 minutes, 54 seconds
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S18E1 – Pearls from the Masters: Stephen King

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. - Stephen King The post S18E1 – Pearls from the Masters: Stephen King appeared first on Writing Roots.
1/4/202111 minutes, 10 seconds
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S17E9 – How Do I Learn to Become a Better Writer?

All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet - it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you. - Joss Whedon The post S17E9 – How Do I Learn to Become a Better Writer? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/31/202010 minutes, 32 seconds
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S17E8 – What Do I Need to Know to Start Writing My Book?

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. - Leonardo da Vinci The post S17E8 – What Do I Need to Know to Start Writing My Book? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/28/202011 minutes, 48 seconds
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S17 Bonus – How Do I Get Over Writer’s Block?

It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s fear of not writing well. Something quite different. - Scott Berkun The post S17 Bonus – How Do I Get Over Writer’s Block? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/26/202038 minutes, 56 seconds
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S17E7 – Can I Mention Copyrighted or Trademarked Material?

People constantly make pop culture references. That’s why it’s called popular culture, because people are aware of it and reference it constantly. - Seth Rogan The post S17E7 – Can I Mention Copyrighted or Trademarked Material? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/24/202012 minutes, 1 second
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S17E6 – What Software is Good for Writing and Formatting?

The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade. - Benjamin Franklin The post S17E6 – What Software is Good for Writing and Formatting? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/21/202013 minutes, 8 seconds
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S17E5 – What Price Should I Set for My Book?

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. - Henry David Thoreau The post S17E5 – What Price Should I Set for My Book? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/17/202011 minutes, 27 seconds
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S17E4 – How Do I Determine the Genre of a Book?

By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's possible to learn how things are done - the mechanics of writing, so to speak - and which genres and authors excel in various areas. - Nicholas Sparks The post S17E4 – How Do I Determine the Genre of a Book? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/14/202012 minutes, 4 seconds
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S17E3 – To Cliffhang or Not to Cliffhang?

A cliffhanger is when… - Buffy Andrews The post S17E3 – To Cliffhang or Not to Cliffhang? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/10/202011 minutes, 32 seconds
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S17E2 – What Makes a Book Impactful and Unforgettable?

You could be writing the book that changes your life. - Brandon Sanderson The post S17E2 – What Makes a Book Impactful and Unforgettable? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/7/202011 minutes, 59 seconds
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S17E1 – How Descriptive Should I Get With Appearances?

Readers tend to like a character who is at least superficially like themselves. But they quickly lose interest unless this particular character is somehow out of the ordinary. - Orson Scott Card The post S17E1 – How Descriptive Should I Get With Appearances? appeared first on Writing Roots.
12/3/202011 minutes, 57 seconds
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S16E9 – Sharing the Spotlight: Including Victories for Secondary Characters

The glory of the protagonist is always paid for by a lot of secondary characters. - Tony Hoagland The post S16E9 – Sharing the Spotlight: Including Victories for Secondary Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/30/202011 minutes, 16 seconds
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S16 Bonus – Punctuation and Paragraphing

Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences. - Terry Pratchett The post S16 Bonus – Punctuation and Paragraphing appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/28/202045 minutes, 13 seconds
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S15E8 – Pet the Dog: Moments to Humanize Characters

I must be cruel, only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. - William Shakespeare The post S15E8 – Pet the Dog: Moments to Humanize Characters appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/26/202011 minutes, 3 seconds
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S16E7 – Yes, But…

The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. - Oscar Wilde The post S16E7 – Yes, But… appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/23/20209 minutes, 48 seconds
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S16E6 – Throw in an Obstacle

Whatever these forces are that make people do dumb things, they are powerful, they are often invisible, and they lurk even in the best of environments. - Ed Catmull The post S16E6 – Throw in an Obstacle appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/19/202010 minutes, 53 seconds
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S16E5 – Make it Small

The way to tell a really big story, I think, is to tell a really small story. - Bruce Feiler The post S16E5 – Make it Small appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/16/202011 minutes, 4 seconds
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S16E4 – Using the Senses to Connect with Readers

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The post S16E4 – Using the Senses to Connect with Readers appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/12/202011 minutes, 18 seconds
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S16E3 – Between the Lines: Importance of Subtext

Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written. - Amos Bronson Alcott The post S16E3 – Between the Lines: Importance of Subtext appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/9/202011 minutes, 49 seconds
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S16E2 – Using Similes and Metaphors

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. - Orson Scott Card The post S16E2 – Using Similes and Metaphors appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/5/202011 minutes, 23 seconds
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S16E1 – Writing Right Right Now

Very often we write down a sentence too early, then another too late; what we have to do is write it down at the proper time, otherwise it's lost. - Thomas Bernhard The post S16E1 – Writing Right Right Now appeared first on Writing Roots.
11/2/202011 minutes, 50 seconds
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S15 Bonus – The Worst Monsters: Features of True Crime

As much as I am fascinated with the stereotypical narcissistic serial killer, it’s the unsuspecting, truly friendly person next door who you smile and wave to as you pass by that are the scariest. They are the ones who hide in plain sight. The ones who don’t get caught because no one suspects that they could do anything like that. It’s the ones you don’t know whom you should fear. - Brianna Joy The post S15 Bonus – The Worst Monsters: Features of True Crime appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/31/202042 minutes, 41 seconds
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S15E9 – Ancient and Prehistoric Monsters and Gods

He who fights with monsters should take care that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche The post S15E9 – Ancient and Prehistoric Monsters and Gods appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/29/202010 minutes, 59 seconds
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S15E8 – Ghosts and Hauntings with Lori Juszak

Even a wooden coffin and six feet of earth can’t hold back a story if it needs to be told. - Anonymous The post S15E8 – Ghosts and Hauntings with Lori Juszak appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/26/202012 minutes, 27 seconds
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S15E7 – Hordes of the Undead

To us forever are the gates of heaven shut. For who shall open them to us again? We go on for all time abhorred by all; a blot on the face of God’s sunshine; an arrow in the side of Him who died for man. - Bram Stoker, Dracula The post S15E7 – Hordes of the Undead appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/22/202010 minutes, 33 seconds
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S15E6 – Creatures from the Deep

Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence…. Someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never. - Franz Kafka The post S15E6 – Creatures from the Deep appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/19/202010 minutes, 43 seconds
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Learning to Break the Rules of Word Count

Word count is a fickle thing. Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer weighs in at a hefty 460,000 words. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is barely 30,000. There are stories across all genres that span from a few hundred to several hundred-thousand words. The post Learning to Break the Rules of Word Count appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/17/20200
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S15E5 – Chimera: The Mix-and-Match Monsters

She was of divine stock, not of men, in the fore part a lion, in the hinder a serpent, and in the midst a goat, breathing forth in terrible wise the might of blazing fire. - Homer’s Illiad The post S15E5 – Chimera: The Mix-and-Match Monsters appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/15/202011 minutes, 27 seconds
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S15E4 – Giants and Creatures of Large Stature

From those that go bump in the night to ones that offer hope, mythical creatures and monsters are abound in fiction. You can find them in anything from horror to science fiction and fantasy. But where do our ideas for creatures to scare or inspire come from? Throughout October, Writing Roots will be delving into... The post S15E4 – Giants and Creatures of Large Stature appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/12/202011 minutes, 52 seconds
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S15E3 – Man-Made Monsters and Creatures

Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The post S15E3 – Man-Made Monsters and Creatures appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/8/20209 minutes, 18 seconds
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S15E2 – The Fae and Fairies

Go not to the elves for counsel. For they will say both no and yes. - JRR Tolkein The post S15E2 – The Fae and Fairies appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/5/202011 minutes, 8 seconds
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S15E1 – Mythical Creatures of Purity

When a unicorn is slain, men have destroyed again the image of beauty that they seek. - Nicholas Stuart Gray The post S15E1 – Mythical Creatures of Purity appeared first on Writing Roots.
10/1/202011 minutes, 49 seconds
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S14E8 – Artists with Travis Micheal

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down. - Hector Berlioz The post S14E8 – Artists with Travis Micheal appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/28/202012 minutes, 3 seconds
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S14BE – We Liked You First: A Podcast for Writers and Performers

Writers are a superior breed. No one else can face so much rejection and still thrive. - Susie Smith The post S14BE – We Liked You First: A Podcast for Writers and Performers appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/26/202023 minutes, 19 seconds
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S14E7 – Performance Arts with Linda Bott

Magic happens between the notes. - Linda Bott The post S14E7 – Performance Arts with Linda Bott appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/24/202011 minutes, 27 seconds
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S14E6 – Nursing with Lorainne Woodworth

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity. - Hippocrates The post S14E6 – Nursing with Lorainne Woodworth appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/21/202011 minutes, 50 seconds
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S14E5 – Martial Arts with Jeremiah

Violence is rarely the answer, but when it is, it's the only answer. - Tim Larkins The post S14E5 – Martial Arts with Jeremiah appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/17/202012 minutes, 2 seconds
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S14E4 – Biochemistry with Megan Browning

Make friends with physicists and mathematicians, writers. It pays off. - Brandon Sanderson The post S14E4 – Biochemistry with Megan Browning appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/14/202011 minutes, 47 seconds
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S14E3 – Journalism with Julia Avery

Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it. - John Hersey The post S14E3 – Journalism with Julia Avery appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/10/202011 minutes, 32 seconds
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S14E2 – Law Enforcement with Patrick O’Donnell

I will put you, the writer, behind the wheel of the squad car, walking a beat, investigating crime scenes and sitting behind a desk writing reports. So, put on your Sam Brown belt, strap on your vest and let’s go experience what cops do and learn why they do it. - Patrick O’Donnell The post S14E2 – Law Enforcement with Patrick O’Donnell appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/7/202011 minutes, 47 seconds
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S14E1 – Firearms with Nick Mangum

An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it. - Jeff Cooper The post S14E1 – Firearms with Nick Mangum appeared first on Writing Roots.
9/3/202012 minutes, 45 seconds
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S13E9 – All Characters Feel the Same

Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. - F. Scott Fitzgerald The post S13E9 – All Characters Feel the Same appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/31/202011 minutes, 18 seconds
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S13BE – Why We Write Selfishly

I used to be afraid about what people might say or think after reading what I had written. I am not afraid anymore, because when I write, I am not trying to prove anything to anyone, I am just expressing myself and my opinions. It’s ok if my opinions are different from those of the reader, each of us can have his own opinions. So writing is like talking, if you are afraid of writing, you may end up being afraid of talking. - Bangambiki Habyarimana The post S13BE – Why We Write Selfishly appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/29/202021 minutes, 36 seconds
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S13E8 – All Sentences Start the Same Way

Sentences must stir in a book like leaves in a forest, each distinct from each despite their resemblance. - Gustave Flaubert The post S13E8 – All Sentences Start the Same Way appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/27/202011 minutes, 12 seconds
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S13E7 – When a Story is Fake or Forced

A novel must show how the world truly is, how characters genuinely think, how events actually occur. A novel should somehow reveal the true source of our actions. - Kevin Hood The post S13E7 – When a Story is Fake or Forced appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/24/202011 minutes, 51 seconds
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S13E6 – When Continuity Breaks

Continuity isn’t actually something that I ever worry about. You use it where you need to, and you don’t use it where you don’t need to. - Neil Gaiman The post S13E6 – When Continuity Breaks appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/20/202012 minutes, 11 seconds
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S13E5 – Red Flag Words

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. - Mark Twain The post S13E5 – Red Flag Words appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/17/202011 minutes, 52 seconds
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S13E4 – Why Didn’t They Think of That?

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something - Plato The post S13E4 – Why Didn’t They Think of That? appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/13/202011 minutes, 9 seconds
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S13E3 – Worrying About Word Count

I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. - JRR Tolkein The post S13E3 – Worrying About Word Count appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/10/202011 minutes, 6 seconds
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S13E2 – It’s Just Boring!

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important. - Gary Provost The post S13E2 – It’s Just Boring! appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/6/202011 minutes, 51 seconds
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S13E1 – The Solution to Awkward Dialogue

Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs. - Jerome Stern The post S13E1 – The Solution to Awkward Dialogue appeared first on Writing Roots.
8/3/202011 minutes, 51 seconds
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S12E9 – Awards and Competitions

Start with short stories. After all, if you were to take up rock climbing, you wouldn’t start with Mount Everest. So if you’re starting fantasy, don’t start with a nine-book series. - George RR Martin The post S12E9 – Awards and Competitions appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/30/202011 minutes, 31 seconds
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S12E8 – Using Sequels During Marketing

A book series is never truly over. The story lives on, even when the final page has been turned. - Richard Denney The post S12E8 – Using Sequels During Marketing appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/27/202011 minutes, 36 seconds
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S12 Bonus – Tips and Tricks for Interviews

There are only two types of speakers in the world: the nervous, and liars. - Mark Twain The post S12 Bonus – Tips and Tricks for Interviews appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/25/202018 minutes, 22 seconds
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S12E7 – Getting the Most Effective Reviews

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.- Anthony Volodkin The post S12E7 – Getting the Most Effective Reviews appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/23/202011 minutes, 37 seconds
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S12E6 – Where to Sell Your Books

Books choose their readers, not the other way around. I believe that booksellers are the matchmakers. - Cecelia Ahern The post S12E6 – Where to Sell Your Books appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/20/202011 minutes, 39 seconds
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S12E5 – Writing Effective Ads and Teases

If your target audience isn't listening, it's not their fault, it's yours. - Seth Godin The post S12E5 – Writing Effective Ads and Teases appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/16/202011 minutes, 50 seconds
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S12E4 – Using Social Media to Market

It’s a dialogue, not a monologue, and some people don’t understand that. Social media is more like a telephone than a television. - Amy Jo Martin The post S12E4 – Using Social Media to Market appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/13/202011 minutes, 59 seconds
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S12E3 – Choosing the Right Medium for Your Book

Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food. - Douglas Adams The post S12E3 – Choosing the Right Medium for Your Book appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/9/202011 minutes, 44 seconds
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S12E2 – Building an Author Brand

In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. - Seth Godin The post S12E2 – Building an Author Brand appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/6/202012 minutes, 23 seconds
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S12E1 – Finding Your Target Audience

In my opinion, understanding who your target audience is, and what they want, and writing to them (and only them!) is the most important component of being successful as an author. - John Locke The post S12E1 – Finding Your Target Audience appeared first on Writing Roots.
7/2/202011 minutes, 41 seconds
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S11E9 – Best: Improving Your Writing to Achieve Your Best

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. - Robert Half The post S11E9 – Best: Improving Your Writing to Achieve Your Best appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/29/202012 minutes, 2 seconds
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S11 Bonus Episode – Read: How to Read as a Writer

The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. - Samuel Johnson The post S11 Bonus Episode – Read: How to Read as a Writer appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/27/202039 minutes, 27 seconds
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S11E8 – Plan: Basics of Planning a Story from Start to Finish

I don’t plot my books rigidly, follow a preconceived structure. A novel mustn’t be a closed system - it’s a quest. - Kurt Vonnegut The post S11E8 – Plan: Basics of Planning a Story from Start to Finish appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/25/202012 minutes, 47 seconds
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S11E7 – Time: Maintaining Momentum Through a Story

Making sure that geography and timelines work is always the hardest part of writing. But you owe it to the readers to get it right. - Michael Scott The post S11E7 – Time: Maintaining Momentum Through a Story appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/22/202011 minutes, 47 seconds
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S11E6 – Edit: Why Editing is Essential for the Business of Publishing

Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear. - Patricia Fuller The post S11E6 – Edit: Why Editing is Essential for the Business of Publishing appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/18/202011 minutes, 43 seconds
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S11E5 – Stop: Making the Decision to Abandon or Pause a Story

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney The post S11E5 – Stop: Making the Decision to Abandon or Pause a Story appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/15/202011 minutes, 28 seconds
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S11E4 Extended – LGBT+: Further Discussion of Quality Representation of the LGBTQ+ Community in Writing

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. - Oscar Wilde The post S11E4 Extended – LGBT+: Further Discussion of Quality Representation of the LGBTQ+ Community in Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/13/202020 minutes, 43 seconds
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S11E4 – LGBT: Writing Quality Representation of the LGBTQ+ Community

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. - Oscar Wilde The post S11E4 – LGBT: Writing Quality Representation of the LGBTQ+ Community appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/11/202011 minutes, 58 seconds
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S11E3 – Kiss: Why and How to Include Romantic Subplots

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. - F. Scott Fitzgerald The post S11E3 – Kiss: Why and How to Include Romantic Subplots appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/8/202012 minutes, 3 seconds
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S11E2 – Tell: How to Identify and Correct Cases of Telling

Books. It's always easier to tell people that a character is funny rather than attempt to hit the punchline of a joke that character would've said. But if we all simply told, books would cease to exist. And so would empathy. And feeling. - Joyce Rachelle The post S11E2 – Tell: How to Identify and Correct Cases of Telling appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/4/202011 minutes, 39 seconds
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S11E1 – Sell: How to Decide to Market Your Writing

If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success? - Jerry Seinfeld The post S11E1 – Sell: How to Decide to Market Your Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
6/2/202011 minutes, 54 seconds
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S10 Bonus – Character Interviews

The only characters I ever don’t like are the ones that leave no impression on me. And I don’t write characters that leave no impression on me. - Lauren DeStefano The post S10 Bonus – Character Interviews appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/30/202023 minutes, 40 seconds
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S10E8 – Character Archetypes

The librarian, the warrior, the free spirit… archetypes are a great jumping off point to help clarify where we want to go with a character. - Kristan Higgins The post S10E8 – Character Archetypes appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/28/202011 minutes, 49 seconds
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S10E7 – Developing Character Strengths

You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are. - Joss Whedon The post S10E7 – Developing Character Strengths appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/25/202010 minutes, 25 seconds
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S10E6 – Developing Character Flaws

In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations! - Anton Chekhov The post S10E6 – Developing Character Flaws appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/21/202010 minutes, 42 seconds
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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 The post S10E5 – Character History: Nurture appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/18/202011 minutes, 20 seconds
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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 The post S10E4 – Character History: Nature appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/14/202010 minutes, 56 seconds
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S10E3 – Creating and Developing Character Relationships

A lone protagonist never receives as great a reaction as one with a well-developed supporting cast. - Susan Spann The post S10E3 – Creating and Developing Character Relationships appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/11/202011 minutes, 22 seconds
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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 The post S10E2 – Using D&D to Create a Story Character appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/7/202011 minutes, 42 seconds
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S10E1 – Statistics of a Character

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway The post S10E1 – Statistics of a Character appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/4/202011 minutes, 15 seconds
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New and Exciting Adventures for Writing Roots

We are approaching one year since the beginning of Writing Roots. It has been a wonderful time, and we don’t plant to stop any time soon. There are several things in the works to help us expand. Creating a podcast – especially one released twice a week – takes a lot of time and effort.... The post New and Exciting Adventures for Writing Roots appeared first on Writing Roots.
5/2/20200
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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 The post S9E9 – Suspension of Disbelief appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/30/202011 minutes, 28 seconds
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S9E8 – The Rules of Writing

Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. - Melinda Haynes The post S9E8 – The Rules of Writing appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/27/202011 minutes, 44 seconds
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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 The post S9 Bonus – Audience Participation appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/25/202045 minutes, 24 seconds
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S9E4 – Plagiarism

Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal. - Igor Stravinsky The post S9E4 – Plagiarism appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/13/202011 minutes, 11 seconds
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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 The post S9E3 – “I Have an Idea For a Book” appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/9/202011 minutes, 35 seconds
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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 The post S9E2 – Wasting the Reader’s Time appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/6/202011 minutes, 19 seconds
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S9E1 – “The Movie Was Better”

I love books way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. - Karen Marie Moning The post S9E1 – “The Movie Was Better” appeared first on Writing Roots.
4/2/202011 minutes, 53 seconds
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S8E9 – The Non-Fiction Genre

Writing nonfiction means I tell people's stories for them, not because they're special but because we all are. - Jo Deurbrouck The post S8E9 – The Non-Fiction Genre appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/30/202011 minutes, 28 seconds
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S8 Bonus – The Hero’s Journey

It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened. But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for. - The Lord of the Rings The post S8 Bonus – The Hero’s Journey appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/28/202037 minutes, 41 seconds
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S8E8 – The Horror Genre

Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street. - Stephen King The post S8E8 – The Horror Genre appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/26/202011 minutes, 59 seconds
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S8E7 – The Comedy Genre

The good end happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. - Oscar Wilde The post S8E7 – The Comedy Genre appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/23/202011 minutes, 54 seconds
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S8E6 – The Romance Genre

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. - Nicholas Sparks The post S8E6 – The Romance Genre appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/19/202011 minutes, 35 seconds
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S8E5 – The Mystery Genre

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions. - Agatha Christie The post S8E5 – The Mystery Genre appeared first on Writing Roots.
3/16/202011 minutes, 37 seconds
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S8E4 – The Thriller and Suspense Genres

The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end. - Lee Child The post S8E4 – The Thriller and Suspense Genres appeared first on Writing Roots.