Sometimes perfection takes a bit of work.
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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So here it is, the second part of Loki’s back story.
Exploring the communities of Tremontaine.
Author Amy Rose Capetta tells about attending her very first Serial Box story summit! Spoiler: there will be bagels.
I came in to the ReMade writers room when it was about halfway through writing the first season as a guest--one who was made to feel very welcome. “Put your feet up,” everyone said. “Which character are you interested in? What do you want to do?”
I know feeling out of place a thousand miles from home. I know that sudden longing for the flavors and sounds and understood rhythms of the place that you were born. Which is to say, on this level I understand Kaab very well.
Going off script to talking about Tremontaine - and the broader world we live in.
Sometimes writing is like trying to carve your name into stone using a dull spoon. Sometimes writing is like a bolt of magic going through you, as if you were just a gateway for something to bring itself into the world.
Obviously I always want to produce my best work for this series, and in anything I write, but full disclosure: I felt even more pressure on this one for a few reasons.
When Ellen called me and invited me to work on Tremontaine, I have to admit, I was a little star-struck.
I stared at the blank page for about an hour when I sat down to write the first words of episode 2. It felt like stepping through a doorway I’d searched for since I was a teenager and first read Swordspoint. I don’t usually have trouble with blank pages. Once a project is ready, I know where I need to begin, and how. But this was Riverside.
Every story has a rock bottom. You know, the moment where things are at their most dire. The moment when the magic sword breaks, or the MC’s one true love decides to move to Kankakee, or the last ditch escape vehicle dies right in the middle of a horde of zombies. There’s that moment when things get really bad, and it seems like there’s just no hope.