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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Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine ep 11: “Go And Tell The Morning Star”

I think we’re at least as much emotional masochists as literary sadists, forcing ourselves to do cruel and terrible things to our well-loved characters for the sake of a higher pleasure.

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Joel Derfner on writing Tremontaine ep 10: “Shadowroot”

I guess what I’m saying is that I have history with the long s.

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Max Gladstone on writing Bookburners Ep 16: “Siege”

And so our first season of Bookburners comes to an end. Thank you all for joining us on the ride!

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Paul Witcover on writing Tremontaine Ep 9: “Lies in Our Stars”

Did I mention that I like swords? In high school, my friends and I used to battle with golf clubs standing in for swords. Later, in college, I joined the fencing team. My weapon was the foil. We had a special T-shirt made up that read "Fencers Do It With a Steel Rod." For some reason, the girls on campus seemed unimpressed with our wit.

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Malinda Lo on writing Tremontaine Ep 8: “A City Without Chocolate”

One little-known fact about me is that I am not a chocolate lover.

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Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners Ep 15: “Things Lost”

Sal may be back from the dead, but she's still possessed and could lose control of her mind at any time. Menchú is getting defrocked. Asanti was kicked out of the Archives. Liam is a bit tetchy over the team thinking that he betrayed Sal to Team Two. Grace doesn't have access to her candle. And then Aaron shows up.

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners Ep 14: “An Excellent Day For An Exorcism”

At the story summit meeting for this season, once we had our season outline in place, I think we all secretly had our episodes we really wanted to write. At the time, this one was mine.

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Joel Derfner on writing Tremontaine Ep 7: “The Swan Ball”

I suppose the lesson here is that, the next time the words “Well, it would be a good idea for me to . . .” come out of my mouth, it would be better for me to get on stage and smear my naked body in Peach Melba mousse than to finish the sentence.

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Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners Ep 13: “Keeping Friends Close”

The best part about writing episode 13 was the feeling of pushing the boulder off the mountain so my fellow writers could guide its way down to its crushing climax.

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Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine Ep 5: “The Dagger and the Sword”

I wrote this episode on a ten hour long train trip through the Pennsylvania countryside, which probably sounds more romantic than it was. Amtrak trips are awesome and fun for exactly as long as it takes you to go through the food you brought with you. I think I ran out around hour two.

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Malinda Lo on writing Tremontaine Ep 4: “A Wake in Riverside”

The title for episode 4, "A Wake in Riverside," came directly out of our initial writers' retreat when we plotted out the entire season of Tremontaine. I remember someone scrawling that title on the white board propped up in Ellen Kushner's living room, and it has been the title ever since.

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Max Gladstone on writing Bookburners Ep 11: “Codex Umbra”

Villains aren’t villains in their own eyes—self-declared monstrosity like Don John’s in Much Ado About Nothing is rare, and when it shows up, it tends to signal comedy.

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