Miss our chat on Thursday with Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan, live from their schmancy party bus?
Never fear! At the bottom of this post, we’ve got a full transcript of the event. Here’s a little sample, to whet your appetite:
What’s your biggest tip for writing a strong lead character?
Maureen Johnson: Give him or her a HUGE HEAD!!!!
Maureen Johnson: Wait. That might not be good advice.
Sarah Rees Brennan: Have them drive the action: their decisions and their feelings, and nobody else’s. Writers write… protagonist PROTAG!
Maureen Johnson: True. Protags DO THINGS.
Sarah Rees Brennan: Also, if they have super strength, or claws that come out of their hands… that’s pretty strong.
Maureen Johnson: And faults. They need faults.
Sarah Rees Brennan: I’m not saying, BE WOLVERINE. But if you can… be Wolverine.
Maureen Johnson: A too-perfect character is annoying.
Maureen Johnson: They have to be up to the challenges you throw at them. And then you must beat them relentlessly.
Sarah Rees Brennan: Endless suffering. People do not read books about good things happening to people.
Sarah Rees Brennan: The Lord of The Rings was not Frodo & Sam’s Excellent Road Trip.
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