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  • 1

    Czanos

    Would anything interesting happen if an Allomancer Burned a Hemalurgic spike, or a Feruchemist Tapped one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Er, well, itís possible. But youíd have to be burning a Hemalurgic spike that killed you and took your power... Just like you canít gain anything by burning a metalmind unless you infused it yourself.

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    ecurbmp

    Any chance of an Elantris or Warbreaker revisit down the road, or are you done with those worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I hope to do a 10th anniversary edition of Elantris (revised and updated) in 2015, with a sequel the same year.

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    Meeeeech

    Who would win this three way fight? Vin vs. Vasher vs. Lan? I vote Vin...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Depends on how much metal Vin has, how many Breaths Vasher has, and if Lan can get the jump on them. Probably Vin, though Rand would blow her out of the water.

    MEEEEECH

    P.S. Vin would lure Rand to Far Madding and take him down.

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    kikastrophe

    Any idea how many books will be in the series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tor asked me not to lock myself into a length. But I plotted Kings at 10 books.

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    Alphashard

    It is difficult to think of questions that don't deal with the plot! Will there be romance in The Way of Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Two of them, actually.

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    Theodor89

    What tone will The Way of Kings have? Darker or lighter then your previous work?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My goal is to blend some of the wit in Warbreaker with darker edge of Mistborn. It certainly wonít be lighter. But there should be moments when you laugh. The greatest authors out thereóRJ and Martin come to mindócan do both at the same time.

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    HalBrandenburg

    Can you reveal anything about the setting in Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The setting with be the most unique Iíve done. Entirely new ecology. The world is hit by a huge hurricane every few days. Everything has evolved to deal with that. There is no soil, just rock, and even plants have thick shells they can withdraw into.

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    kikastrophe

    So, is Kings in any way like your other books? Shall we expect an unexpected twist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kings is like my books in some ways. But in order to be grand as a series, it had to startóoddlyómore humbly. Yes, there are twists. I wrote it so that the epilogue redefines the entire book and series. Each of the four viewpoints has an epilogue. Much as RJ had huge prologues, this series will have huge epilogues. Those epilogues, like the Elantris first lines, are intended to be ĎBANGí moments.

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    goddessladyj

    Any idea when The Way of Kings will be published?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kings will be coming out in September or August of next year.

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    kqrpnb

    Brandon, how do you think The Way of Kings will read as a complete set with your voice in the last books? Did you plan ahead for that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Short answer is yes. Weíll see if I can pull it off. Original plans for my series was for a 36 book arc. I thought that would intimidate readers. But the secret answer is this: People ask for an Elantris sequel. There is one. It is called Mistborn.

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    rhPieces

    Elantris and Mistborn had darker settings, Warbreaker lighter. Where does The Way of Kings fall?
    Closer to Mistborn.

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    Banvard

    Snake or the Fox?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Fox. They look cooler.

    BANVARD

    All my gold on the Fox beating the game for only a ta'veren can cheat at the unbeatable. Cough, Mat.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Maybe the answer should have been ďFox or Snake? Neither. Raven.Ē

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    eliyannakaiser

    How goes loverboy's Min/[Elayne]/Aviendha thingee? And which girl would you go with?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís interesting, as could be expected. Iíd pick Min for me, but Aviendha for Rand. Know that RJ was very clear on how that whole thing was to end up. So no guesswork by me. (whew).

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    kqrpnb

    Brandon, how do you think WoT will read as a complete set with your voice in the last books? Did you plan ahead for that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I tried very hard. The characters should read right, the plot should read right. I think it will read cohesive. These books will not go off on random tangents. In fact, Iím hoping that the narrative will feel like a shift back toward 4/5/6, which are my favorite WoT books.

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    chrisoubre

    Any talks of writing other novels based on Robert Jordan's world: The Age of Legends, the 4th Age...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RJ was very uncomfortable with the idea of people writing in his world. I want to respect that. You might see the Outriggers or the two prequels he planned to write. But no Age of Legends or Hawkwing. At least, that has been my suggestion to Harriet. It is her call.

    Graendal

    Yes! Please do what you can to get the prequels or outriggers published once you've finished writing A Memory of Light.

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    Emma

    Will there be an Intro (explanation) at The Gathering Storm? Which explains the three books for people who aren't online?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wrote a foreword for the book explaining my involvement and the three book split. We were going to have Harriet do it, but the time grew tight, so I did it and had her revise it.

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    HalBrandenburg

    Did you kill Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Twice. WITH MY MIND.

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    joshuapatrao

    Can you offer us anything at all on the status of The Eye of the World movie?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I donít have much time to keep an eye (no pun intended) on the movie too closely. The producer was at JordanCon, though, and I was put at ease somewhat by speaking with him. As far as I know, itís still in preproduction an in the scriptwriting stage. When they have a script, Iíll ask if I can read it. Maria, RJís assistant, is in charge of that. Iíve got my hands full writing the books!

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    Banvard

    Was there any character you disliked writing within the Wheel of Time universe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As an author, you get very good at being inside someoneís head. And so itís hard to dislike writing anyone. That said, thereís a certain Cadsuane scene thatówhen I read the notesóI didnít look forward to.

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    timee1989

    Will you also work on the other two prequels?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would be almost as hard to let someone else do it as it would be to let them do a Mistborn book. But Harriet and Tor seem more interested in the Outriggers right now. Weíll see.

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    Graendal

    How do you feel about the degeneration of Rand and Egwene's relationship? Could Amyrlin and Dragon work?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think it was one of the best things RJ did. It played with our expectations in a great way. And I think Rand has his hands plenty full right now without adding Egwene back in. They have gone different directions in life. It was quite well done, though sad.

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    Congo_Red_Jr

    Congrats dude! Isn't it custom to celebrate? You should tell us who killed Asmodean as celebration! =P

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíll tell Asmodeanís killer in one of the books, I promise.

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    jeremy208

    Can we expect any short stories set in the Warbreaker world anytime soon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Short stories in Warbreaker world are unlikely. Iím working on some Mistborn ones, though. If I were going to do more Warbreaker, Iíd just write the sequel, Nightblood.

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    Graendal

    A question that's been on my mind for a while. If Returned can't have children, how are Siri and Vivenna descended from one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Excellent question. One I have to RAFO. When I was writing Warbreaker, I was planning on two books. I seeded two questions to be answered in the next book. One was the origin of the royal family. The second was how Vasher was able to survive while hiding his divine Breath. I will answer these questions. Eventually. (It has to do with restoring Breath and life to the child while still in the womb.).

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    Thistledown

    When will the Kindle version of Warbreaker be released?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wish I could answer that. Amazon always takes its sweet time getting my books in Kindle format. Weíve been bugging them. Hopefully soon. Itís annoying to not have one up for sale yet.

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    jeremy208

    Is Clod Arsteel?

    greywanderer

    I second jeremy208's question, Is Clod Arsteel?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Yes.

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    Graendal

    Did you ever notice how similar Graendal and Blushweaver are in personality?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I didnít until I started work on the WoT book. I wrote Warbreaker years before I was offered the WoT. I noticed and laughed. RJís books are dug pretty deeply into my subconscious. I think theyíre very different as characters, but Graendal was obviously an influence on Blushweaver.

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    scarplat

    At the end of Warbreaker you said that they split up their breaths, how if they can only do all at once?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I talk about this in the annotations. But Denth was lying to Vivenna at that point.

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    onelowerlight

    What first gave you the idea for Warbreaker? What was your first inspiration for it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Warbreaker came from a lot of sources. Siri and Vivenna were side characters in a book I never finished. Vasher came from the line that starts the book. No space to post it here, but give it a read. Nightblood came because...well, I just wanted to have a talking sword.

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    Graendal

    Do you know when the audio version of Warbreaker will be released?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Like Elantris, there will be two audio version of Warbreaker. Performed and straight read. Both are in production. Dramatic is coming October http://tinyurl.com/nsrr3l. Looks like unabridged is October too. http://bit.ly/15rJFF

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    jddennis

    I was wondering why you chose to capitalize the "b" & the "c" in BioChromatic.

    Brandon Sanderson

    To be honest, it just looked better that way. I thought it made the word easier to read. Might be my Korean language study influencing me.

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    pfchristopher

    Why didn't Vin know the Atium bead Zane gave her wasn't real? Cant she sense how big reserves are?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Atium reserves always look bigger than they are to an allomancer. It burns so quickly. She just didnít have enough experience with atium to realize sheíd been duped.

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    mnehring

    How did you come up with what metal would give what powers in Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The metals just worked out right. [later] I see I misunderstood. The assignment of metals to powers was done mostly randomly. I started by trying to mix and match colors and hues, but that ended up not working. I also originally wanted the physical to be more common, and then move toward less common with mental and others. Hence, iron is physical, Gold is mental, [sic] Atium is temporal. The mentals donít quite fit this, though.

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    King_Yoshi

    How did you come up with the amazing plot twist at the end of Hero of Ages?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Honestly, I did it by plotting out all three books at once. It feels right because Iíd been planning all along.

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    joshuapatrao

    Do you plan to ever interconnect your worlds or at least allude to past worlds in your books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hummm. What an odd question. Iíd never do that, would I? (Look for Hoid/Adonalsium).

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    Thistledown

    Any plans for a kindle Elantris version? Is The Way of Kings slated for 2010 along with WoT book 2? Now that you've revised WoK, do you think you'll release two books next year (WoT and The Way of Kings)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, if we can get Amazon to pay attention. (Grr.) And yes, two books next year. The Way of Kings and WoT13. 2011 will probably have just one, though. I donít know if Iíll be able to write the Way of Kings sequel in time.

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    rrjr010

    Would you be willing to take bribes to start Nightblood before finishing WoT!?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Heh. Nightblood will happen someday. Bribes of cookies or Magic Cards at signings might help. More seriously, I do intend to do thisóand post it online as I write itóbut it probably wonít be for a few years.

    rrjr010

    Then you shall have both when you come here this winter. Help turn a few years into six months, right?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    lol. Well, it canít hurt. But I DO have a lot on my plate... Weíll see. I want an Elantris sequel out for 2015.

    rrjr010

    Wow, an Elantris sequel would be awesome too. Where would it fit chronologically after the end of Elantris?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Elantris direct sequel would be 10 years later and use Kiinís children as viewpoint characters living in Fjorden.

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    Czanos

    If a Feruchemist Taps warmth, does it actually warm them up physically, or do they just feel warmer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It actually warms them. Itís not just a feeling.

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    Feifner

    Can Hoid travel through worlds? Or, in other words, are all of your "Hoids" one person?

    Brandon Sanderson (2009-07-08)

    Well, "Hoid" the name is an alias that a certain person is using, and he stole it from someone else. But the person named Hoid in Elantris, Mistborn, and Warbreaker are all the same individual. For the record, this is not a "name cameo." This is, indeed, the very same person.

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    Anusien

    Why did Lord Ruler not destroy the logbook knowing what trouble Ruin could cause with it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A few reasons. First, Ruin had his fingers in the Lord Rulerís soul by then already. Subtle things are easier to influence. He played off the Lord Rulerís natural nostalgia and desire to hold onto something so important to his past.

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    Feifner

    Do you think you will ever include dragons in your books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Dragonsteel, a series Iíll do someday, has Dragons in it. Hint: This world/series is very important to Hoid.

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    Rinzi

    Or visit Albuquerque, NM! I'll work on getting cookie and magic card bribes for you...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. I have friends in Albuquerque who keep wanting me to come to Bubonicon. I will visit eventually.
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    pmrbluepat

    Who is your favorite character that you have ever created in any of your books?

    Brandon Sanderson (2009-07-08)

    You ask a tough question. Very tough. I'll have to say Hoid is my favorite.

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    jamesgubera

    Where do you get your inspiration to create new worlds & characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Inspiration comes from all over. Often things I see. Color magic in Warbreaker came from watching b/w movies. The mist in Mistborn came from driving through a foggy night at 70mph. Sazed came from a Buddhist monk I met in Korea. Sarene came from a friend, Annie, who complained that she was too tall and too smart for men to want to date. If you want more, send me an email and ask for my ďIdeasĒ essay. @PeterAhlstrom will send it to you.

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    Rinzi

    Are there any characters in your books who you actually DON'T like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Does Cadsuane count? (J/K. I love you Cads. Really, donít beat me up.) I have characters that didnít bloom like I wanted. Parlin in Warbreaker still itches at me. Could have been done better. I always wished I could give Ham more time in Mistborn. But I canít think of anyone I donít like. When I write as someone, as oily as they are, I see life as them.

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    Fiirvoen

    What is your favorite book that you've written and had published?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíd pick Mistborn 3 if I had to. But The Gathering Stormand Kings are both better than it is.

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    Feifner

    Who is your favorite character from The Way of Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Favorite character is Lightsong. I had long wanted to do a character who would have fit in an Oscar Wilde play. If you want to cast Rupert Everett as Lightsong in your head, feel free. [Mistake on Brandon's part? This was the closest match I found.]

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    onelowerlight

    You've obviously read many fantasy authors, but which SF authors have been major influences in your career?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíd say that my biggest SF influences are Asimov and Vinge. I love Asimovís plots. I love Vingeís worlds.

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    joshuapatrao

    Have you thought about publishing a short story collection in the future? Would Tor do it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Donít expect this for many years. And it might end up at a smaller specialty press.

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    pmrbluepat

    Can we hang out sometime? I'll just sit and watch you write, maybe even bring a fruitcake over. Thoughts?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. Well, that would be...odd. But I go out to dinner with readers while on tour, if they get a group together.
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    mossjon

    Loving Warbreaker! How do you write women characters so well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A mixture of helpful women friends and a lot of early failures. Iíve found the biggest problem with writing the opposite gender comes when you add them simply be a love interest. Nobody is just a love interest in their own minds. Make them a character first, a plot device second.

    MOSSJON

    Even Elantris had a great woman character. So you must be hiding the early failures. And that is why/how you succeed so well. Kudos!

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Early failures were in the books that didnít get published. (White Sandís female lead was cringe-worthy.)

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    joshuapatrao

    Do you read Stephen King? Also, which fantasy tomes would you absolutely recommend reading?

    Brandon Sanderson

    King is amazing. Truly a brilliant writer. If anyone hasnít read, try The Stand or a short story collection. I suggest Name of the Wind, Dragonsbane, or anything by Pratchett. Particualrly The Truth. I like Jordan (duh) McCaffrey and Rawn a lot too. Williamsís Sorrow and Thorn is great. Others: Tigana, or anything by Kay really, Sabriel by Nix, and The Golden Compass are all excellent.

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    padmeamanda

    As a RJ fan who has never read any of your literature, which of your books should I start reading today?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíd suggest Mistborn first. Warbreaker wouldnít be a bad place to start either, as itís a stand alone. Mistborn (the first book is called The Final Empire) is a complete trilogy. RJ readers tend to like series.

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    goldeneyes05

    Do you ever take a break? Seems like you're always doing something.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Went out to dinner with my wife for our anniversary last night. Does that count? The truth is, I love what I do. So if I have time when Iím not doing something else, I work on books.

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    pfchristopher

    Now that you've published more, what order should people read your books in? Both Fantasy & non-fantasy readers.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Non fantasy readers Iíd give Elantris to first. Fantasy readers Iíd give Mistborn to.

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    starrylites

    When working with new characters, how do you keep their voices straight in the early writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It can be hard. I often have to rewrite my first chapters after the book is finished. Practice by having four very different character ride through the same town, but see very different things.

    starrylites

    Thanks, Brandon! I think I"m going to have to do just that on my currently project; having character meshing problems.

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    JasonMichelsen

    What music have you been listening to while writing A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Daft Punk, George Winston, Will Ackerman, OC Remix, Enya, Fotheringham, and Metallica. Among others.

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    ren833

    What is the most important part of writing that you have learned to be a successful author?

    Brandon Sanderson

    1) Persistence. 2) Revision. 3) Characters with distinct viewpoints. 4) Use of concrete detail.

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    goddessladyj

    Will you come back to Nebraska soon, please??

    Brandon Sanderson

    Coming to Nebraska next year to be Guest of Honor at a sf convention. April, I think.
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    chrisoubre

    What is the largest battle you ever fought with your editor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was about Lightsong. He and I disagreed on some of the humor. Oddly, we were both right. He was claiming Lightsong wasnít funny. What he meant was that I was allowing the humor to undermine setting. We came to a balance, and I think that Lightsong is much better for it.

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    mysterylover12

    Where do you get your inspiration? I always have trouble finding things to write about.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís different for everyone. From me, history books help a lot. Try a favorite movie, then at a pivotal point, ask what would happen if it had gone the opposite way.

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    Cearafetu

    Will you come to the DC area some time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will be at the DC areas, signing at the Bailyís Crossroads Borders, this November for the WoT book release.
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    briansturner

    Warbreaker was great, do you feel it benefited from online publishing? And would you publish that way again? It struck me that online publication is a great way to start a series, the first book is free then we are hooked.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I donít know if it helped, but it certainly didnít hurt. Iíll do it again, probably for the Warbreaker sequel.

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    bcpeterson

    What advice do you give students in your classes about writing? Opinions on 'elements of style'?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Whew. I donít know if I can cover writing advice that extensive on a Twitter Q&A. Most of my classroom advice ends up in my writing podcast, Writing Excuses. http://www.writingexcuses.com/

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    joshuapatrao

    Would you ever, if given the chance, do screenwriting, for television or for a film?

    Brandon Sanderson

    For instance, I did the initial screenplay concept treatments for Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. Thatís what got the book sold to Dreamworks Animation. (2013, hopefully. Fingers crossed.) I might do other film screenplays. Not really interested in Television.

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    nethspace

    So, I've seen a scheduled event in Phoenix, AZ this November. Any chance of Flagstaff?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Afraid Pheonix is the closest Iíll get to Flagstaff for now. Tor wants to see the turnout in Phoenix first before we go to other places in the state.
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    JasonMichelsen

    What is your typical daily wordcount as far as new material goes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It varies. 10 pages is still my goal. I usually hit it, and sometimes do much more. I write faster at the end of a book than the beginning. Also, some days I write four or five hoursósome days I write fourteen or sixteen. Pretty consistently, Iíve done around 300k words a year for the last few years. Last year I pushed very hard and got around 400k.

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    Danbarbour

    Out of everything that you have written, what would you say is your favorite and/or most proud of?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Gathering Storm is, by far, the bestóand most difficultóthing Iíve written. Itís what Iím most proud of. For what is published, though, Warbreaker has the best writing of anything Iíve done.

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    cancer_moon

    What's next for you after finishing TWOT? Any new worlds in store, or going back to your other ones?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Next is getting WoT 13&14, along with the final Alcatraz book. After that, The Way of Kings 2. Then, finally, Iíll be able to do some new worlds. Iíve got two in particular I really want to visit.

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    mnehring

    How many new story ideas do you get in a year? How many do you act on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    About one or two of those end up as books. But each book is a combination of a dozen or more ideas.

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    cancer_moon

    What author inspired you the most in your writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Would it be cliched to say Robert Jordan? Because...well, it was Robert Jordan.

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    chaunceymeade

    Any advice for a wannabe writer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Listen to Writing Excuses for more detail.

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    nethspace

    So, what do you think of Dot's term ďBrandy SandorowĒ = Brandon Sanderson + Cory Doctorow?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, boy. Brandy Sanderow? Sounds like a hobbit name.
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    Danbarbour

    I just finished Warbreaker and need a new book to read. I always have trouble picking a book. Any suggestions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Gave some book suggestions below. If you havenít read Pratchett, Guards Guards is another good place to begin. I liked Servant of a Dark God, coming out from Tor next month, I believe. Also, Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell and A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge are great.

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    DigLazarusDig86

    How do you group different ideas into one solid story?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Look for conflict. Take the ideas, and try to make them intersect at points of conflict. Donít let something happen that isnít personal and important to at least one of the viewpoint characters.

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    Meeeeech

    Which magic system of yours would you be most inclined to use? (Also include channeling!)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably Feruchemy. The memorization potential would help me be a better writer.

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    joshuapatrao

    Do you think you'll ever develop a language like Tolkien did? Elantris might count, actually, I'm not sure.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Maybe. I did a lot of that in White Sand, which didnít get published. Iíll do more for other books.

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    greywanderer

    Has your Mormon upbringing consciously affected the recurring religious themes of your work?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíd say it is more subconscious. Iím fascinated by religion, all types, because of my upbringing. Thatís why you see religion as an antagonist in my books. Also, my religion has shaped how I see moralityóand therefore, how many of my characters do.

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    pmrbluepat

    Any movie deals on the horizon?... I would particularly like to see Warbreaker.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have movies in the works for both Mistborn and Alcatraz.

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    ScottTRogers

    How do you set up your workday for writing and getting all of your other "work" done?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I try to break it up and do things in several hour chunks. Writing during some, email others. The honest truth is, I usually end up ignoring other stuff and just writing. This is why I need an assistant.

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    RedefineBeauty

    Are you going to do a tour in the midwest ever? *Cough*cough* Chicago *cough*cough*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hopefully! My publicist is watching this, so maybe your plea will encourage her....
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    raveire

    What do you think the relationship between government and religion is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I like separation of church and state because it protects all of us. But I like it best when religion stays out of politics directly.

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    txkyle

    Any chances you'll do any future book-signing tours in Texas? (Houston, please!)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will be there 2011, as I mentioned. http://www.condfw.org/
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    Ethan1072

    What do you do to relax?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Also, the funny thing is, writing IS relaxing for me. (Which makes me just about the luckiest guy ever.)

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    yagiz

    Which one comes first? The story or the setting (world, races, magic sys, etc) or do they emerge together?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on the book. For Mistborn, setting was first. For Warbreaker, characters. Itís very hard to pinpoint, though, since I donít start writing until Iíve developed all three.

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    Ryshon

    What kind of average pagecount were you able to put out daily when working as a part time writer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I was a special case, as I intentionally picked a job where I could write at work. I shot for 2000 words a day. I suggest to new writers that 2k a week be a minimum. That gives you a book in about a year.

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    mysterylover12

    Are you doing any signings in Salt Lake City soon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíll be in Provo the 11th and SLC sometime in August.