From The Writers' Room

Details, Details.

ReMade season 2 is underway, and boy was writing it a roller coaster! This season will look smooth as glass to you in reading it, but we hit a couple of unusual bumps while we were writing this season. Mind you, we’re used to having to do a lot of reconciliation after the fact. Stuff like… “Wait, you think this is a jungle? I thought this was a forest!” and “Okay, but are they camped inside the ruins, or are they right outside, or like five miles away?” This time, though, we wound up doing some pretty heavy-duty restructuring to make a more compelling season for you. For one thing, the first episode, “Patch Job,” was originally written as the third episode. (You’ll see the original first episode when the third drops this week–they swapped places, and you’ll see how it could’ve worked either way when we get there.) We also cut an entire episode from the middle of the...Read More >

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E7 “Into the Woods”

Diane hosts a hunting party outside of the city that provides an opportunity to manipulate her relationships as well as those of her associates.

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New Episode: The Fisher of Bones “Loss”

Resources grow scarcer as the outcasts draw nearer to the end of their journey and Margot the healer has taken ill.

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New Episode: ReMade S2E2 “Signal to Noise”

Upon arriving at Sanctuary, the group is faced with two clearly malicious and dangerous caretakers.

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Building Layers of Tension and a Bonus Cut Scene

I’ll begin with a confession: This is the only episode of both seasons I’ve worked on Tremontaine that I’ve not enjoyed writing. Even in season two when I murdered Arthur, though I avoided the moment, mourning the poor kid, writing that episode was exciting, fun, and I reveled when that moment finally came. Though S3:E6 has several character moments I wanted to write (Esha and Reza meeting, Rafe taking Reza on a swordsman hunt), when I was working on it, from outline to first draft, I couldn’t quite enjoy it. I also believe that if a writer is bored or uninterested in a scene, that comes through on the page and readers will sense it I told myself over and over to cut myself some slack because the same month this episode was due, I was going through some intensive final revisions for one of my novels, and that was eating all the joy from my life. That’s definitely true,...Read More >

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Season Premiere! ReMade S2E1: “Patch Job”

A figure from the group’s past reappears, bringing up some serious questions about their remade lives.

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E6 “My Life For Your Life”

As Kaab and Diane continue their alliance, the swordswoman tracks down a recalcitrant spy who may have information she needs.

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New Episode: The Fisher of Bones “Increase”

The Gods Whispers summon Fisher to an empty tent.

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The Creative Forces of “The Boys in the Basement”

When I look back over the posts I’ve written on my previous visits to the Writer’s Room, I see that I’ve written about the intersections, some intentional, some unexpected, of my Tremontaine episodes with the real world—especially in terms of politics. So though I’m writing this two days after off-term elections that saw a repudiation of the Trump agenda, I’m going to resist the temptation of drawing any parallels to my episode, “Every Face a Forgery.” By the way, isn’t that a killer title? I owe it to my brilliant colleague Tessa Gratton, who came to my aid when, despairing, I whined to the writing team on our Slack channel that I was at a total loss for an episode title. Tessa, like the awesome writer and editor she is, rummaged around in my manuscript draft, and guess what? The title I was desperately searching for was already there, written into a scene with Riverside’s favorite forger, Tess. All I...Read More >

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New Episode: The Fisher of Bones “Cycle”

The Gods Whispers summon Fisher to an empty tent.

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E5 “Every Face a Forgery”

As Kaab takes over her aunt’s role, Diane deals with the aftermath of the burglary at Tremontaine House.

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Plotting Fiction with Ian Tregillis

If you already have the book, or part of it, in mind (and it sounds like you do!) then you probably already know a little bit about what happens inside it.

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