Letting Go of Your Process to Write Other Worlds, featuring Veronica Roth

Apr 20, 2020

Veronica Roth

This week’s episode is an exploration of how to abandon your process, which is a great thing to think about in upending times. Grant and Brooke talk with Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Series, about the fallacy of overnight success stories, giving yourself permission to try entirely new things in your writing, and drawing from real life to inform fiction, even dystopian fiction. An encouraging episode for discouraging times.


Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection), the Carve the Mark duology (Carve the Mark, the Fates Divide), The End and Other Beginnings collection of short fiction, and many short stories and essays. She lives in Chicago.

Takeaway: Merge Your Real and Fantasy Worlds

Take your real world and think about how it translates to a fantasy dystopian world. Let go of your normal hold on reality to see the fantasy side. How might an object change or have a different meaning in a new world, or a new context? I think of the Superdome in New Orleans after Katrina. Or the Statue of Liberty at the end of Planet of the Apes. Or, well, if you want to go to dark places with COVID-19, there’s an opportunity there. Explore. Go all the way in. See what you uncover.

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