“On the Road” Chat Recap

Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan

Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan


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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