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15 Pieces Of Writing Advice From The Writers Of "Adventure Time"

Pendleton Ward, Kent Osborne, and Rebecca Sugar had some great insights to share at the Times Talks panel during NYCC.

1. On how to create incredibly weird, interesting, yet relatable characters:

2. Sometimes it's best to let the relationships and backstory grow organically.

3. Use tears minimally, especially when writing children.

4. Because they'll turn into huge sissies that nag all the time, like the worst Ninja Turtle.

5. Write things that you would enjoy watching.

6. Actually listen to people who give you constructive criticism. This is why TV shows have more than one writer.

7. The more you love the characters you're writing, the better the show will be.

8. Draw from life, get into the cathartic experience.

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Rebecca Sugar: Marceline's song ["I'm Just Your Problem"] from "What Was Missing" was really hard for me to write. I was trying to base it off of some stuff that actually happened, like a falling out I actually had. So I dredged up a lot of really terrible feelings that got, like, a little unhealthy.

9. Build a world where you can tell limitless stories.

10. Play games.

11. No, seriously. Get your friends together and play games.

12. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest one.

13. Find the emotional reality of the situation, even if the world is fantastical.

14. Complex backstory can evolve from a simple idea.

15. And most importantly, write. A lot. Every day, even. Be prepared when the opportunity arises.