From The Writers' Room

From the Writers’ Room is a regular feature where we invite the writer behind the most recent serial episode to give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at just what went into this week’s installment.

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Andrea Phillips on writing Bookburners S3E10: “Into the Woods”

The original concept for this episode as proposed (...by me) during the summit was “Spooky Forest.”

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How is Technology Changing the Way People Consume Literature?

One of the main impacts technology has had on society and culture in general is breaking down boundaries, making it both easier and harder to find things that were previously obscure. And I think that’s as true with literature as it is with anything else.

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S3E9: “Homecoming”

At this stage in writing Bookbuners, each of us on the writing team has a particular kind of episode that we’re considered to be good at.

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Jane by Margaret Dunlap

"--Jane?" I had heard Rob's question. It's just that while I was in the middle of performing CPR in the back of an ambulance on a patient who had been very stable until he had all of a sudden up and crashed, I wasn't going to stop and answer it. It was a stupid question anyway. Not that that stopped Rob from repeating it.

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Max Gladstone on How to Create Characters Who Feel Real.

When you’re inundated with writing advice, especially in plot-driven genres, it’s easy to pare down your characters to their role in the plot. The mentor becomes sort of mentor-y, the sidekick sidekick-ish.

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Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners S3E7: “Cracks in the World”

In index card form, the episode 7 logline was: “The Halls of Amazon Run Red with Blood.” And well, who wouldn’t want to write that?

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Cecilia Tan on Writing Geek Actually Episode 12 “System Failure”

Episode 12 is by far the heaviest of all the Geek Actually chapters. Three major breakdowns in sexual situations happen, and that's putting it mildly: content warning for sexual assault and harassment.

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All Aspiring Writers Should Embrace These Five Practices

I’ve been a professional (read: paid) writer since I signed my first contract in 1999. In that time, I’ve been able to go from working full time at a day job to writing full time. Here’s my favorite advice for people aspiring to be professional writers.

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Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners S3E5: “Time Capsule”

One of the most interesting things about Season Three is turning the tables on our existing relationships. Whereas we saw Menchu as the solid, do-no-wrong father figure and Asanti as the rogue, untrustworthy one in season Two, now Menchu is the one with things to hide, and when his secrets come out, he's now the untrustworthy one. 

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Melissa Blue on Writing Geek Actually Episode 11 “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

The world is rarely fair. This episode let me imagine how I would make it so. The virgin hero was just the icing on the cake.

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Rachel Stuhler on Writing Geek Actually Episode 10 “Well, Actually…”

"Well, actually" happens to be one of my least favorite sayings because I swear, it never leads to anything good. 

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S3E4: “All in a Day’s Work”

I enjoyed writing this episode for its sense of foreshadowing, the way it lays down a few basic principles that we planned to use for the rest of the season.

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