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Firefight, from the Reckoners series, was selected to be featured in Audible’s Much Loved Listens 2-for-1 sale, which began this Sunday and runs until Monday, August 22nd. You can check the entire selection of titles available for Audible members to get 2 books for only 1 credit here.

Audible’s Much Loved Listens 2-for-1 sale

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Crossover Fiction, with Victoria Schwab (who also writes as V.E. Schwab), she joined us in Phoenix to talk about books that target a given demographic but which have a much broader appeal, or books which straddle the line between age demographics. We discuss some good crossover examples, and how some of the boundaries work, and then we cover some of the techniques we use when writing crossover works.

With the completion of the Words of Radiance reread, Tor Books is offering readers and Brandon Sanderson fans a free download of The Stormlight Archive Pocket Companion through the Tor/Forge Blog.

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for August.
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There will be two Mistborn: House War board game playtests at Worldcon in Kansas City, August 18th (Thursday) and 21st (Sunday), run by Brandon’s literary agent, Joshua Bilmes. He has three copies of the game, so there will be 15 slots available in each session. Please sign up ahead of time for the Thursday or Sunday sessions. It looks like there's no cost to join the playtests, but you must be a registered attending member of Worldcon (preregistration is over, but you can register at the door) in order to take part.

The eighth installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, "Magic Systems," is now live! If you missed last week's episode, "Character," you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/jXAcA_y3l6M

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, The Element of Humor, we ask, what is the driving force that gets readers to turn pages in a book that is primarily a work of humor? More importantly, how do we as writers get that driver into our books? We cover this, and provide some starting points for writers seeking to improve their humor writing, along with a bunch of neat techniques and a long example for deconstruction.

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, a highprince met his fate and four Radiants gathered. This week, in Epilogue and What Comes Next, Wit expounds and [redacted] Elsecalls, as we conclude our discussions of this magnificent behemoth.

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July and August.
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Occasionally I receive some very cool, and creative, emails from my readers from around the world. Recently I received a survey from a few of my (self-described) weirdest, nerdiest, and most number one fans: Jessica, Matthew, and Jared Ashcraft. I thought it would be fun to share it with all of you. I have italicized my answers for your convenience.

You are a...



  • Fish

  • Stick

  • Potted Plant

  • Fish Stick on top of a potted plant

  • Other:


Would you rather...



  • Become an evil High Epic and destroy everything and everyone in your city?

  • Watch all your friends and family be eaten slowly by wild chalklings?


Who would win in a fight between Vin and Kaladin and why?



  • Vin. Kaladin isn't good at hurting people who aren't hurting people he cares about.




Are you more like...



  • Wax?

  • Wayne?


Which of your characters is your favorite?



  • None. They're all like my children.



Which of the following has a larger obsession over guns?



  • Waxillium

  • David


Who would it make you more sad to turn evil?



  • Wayne

  • Kaladin


Which would you choose?



  • Twinborn

  • Mistborn

  • Full Feruchemist

  • Elantrian (not the undead kind)

  • Epic (nice)

  • Rithmatist

  • Knight Radiant

  • Awakener

  • Smedry Talent

  • Other :


Explain previous answer including form of power if necessary



  • Lots of metal in my current life. Not much Stormlight. So Mistborn wins.



If you didn't choose Twinborn previously but you were Twinborn anyway, which two metals would you choose?



  • Same as Wax.



If all your books were burning in a fire, and you could only save one, which book would you save?



  • Way of Kings.



Is Zahel really Vasher?



  • Yes

  • No


Is there significance in the fact that the world of Silence Montane uses silver for protection? (Even though there is no known allomantic use for silver)



  • Yes.



Are you fluent in High Imperial? If so, do you teach lessons?



  • No and no.



Have you really had your library card revoked 17 times?



  • Alcatraz made that up. He does things like that.



Why are you doing this survey instead of writing Stormlight 3?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


  • Because the writers of this survey are so awesome
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The new Elantris maps poster set is now available in my online store for those who have been asking. These maps were composed by Isaac Stewart for the 10th anniversary and leatherbound edition of Elantris.

The seventh installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, "Character," is now live! If you missed last week's episode, "The Business of Writing," you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/vm6h4Oa0jM0

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Futurism, with Trina Marie Phillips, she joins us at Phoenix Comicon to talk about her work as a futurist. Futurism, for those unfamiliar with our use of the term here, is related to science fiction, but it remains rooted in existing technology and trends, then seeks to be predictive in useful ways.

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, the secret societies began to reveal their purposes in aftershocks from the climax. This week, in Chapter 87, Adolin gets angry and the Radiants gather in conference.

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July.
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For my European readers (or those of you interested in going to Italy this fall!) I will be in Italy at the end of October as the guest of honor at the Lucca Comics & Games Festival. I will announce my exact festival schedule once it is finalized. For more details check out my upcoming events page.

The sixth installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, "The Business of Writing," is now live! If you missed last week's episode, "The Box," you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C59eOLX2K-A

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Elemental Thriller Q&A, we fielded the following questions about the “Thriller” elemental genre from listeners on Facebook and Twitter:


  • How do I build tension consistently through my story?

  • How do you maintain tension during dialog?

  • When do you not use a cliffhanger?

  • Do you ever picture your scenes as if they were in a movie?

  • How much elemental thriller is too much for a book that isn’t a thriller? What’s the tipping point where you’ve switched genres?

  • What do you do when the tension in your story peaks too early?




My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July.
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It's time to talk novellas. I commonly do one or two of these a year (this year, I did Mistborn:Secret History and the Stormlight novella Edgedancer, coming out in November in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection). These shorts are ways for me to explore cool or intriguing ideas in a briefer form, so that my attention isn't drawn too far away from my main projects.

For next year, I only have one novella scheduled right now: a science fiction detective thriller called Snapshot. I wrote it during my trip to Dubai this year, and I'm quite pleased with it. I think you'll all enjoy it quite a bit.

Normally when it comes to one of my novellas, I just release it and then start promotion. With this one, however, some of my professional colleagues (including the bookseller who long ago organized my first real signing) are starting a specialty press, and so we wanted to announce this one early to give a little momentum to their company. Therefore, Snapshot is up for preorder at Vault Books right now. (Exciting!) It releases February 2017.

I do want to warn you, however, that their edition is the expensive, leatherbound collector's edition we sometimes do for these books. If the price tag makes your eyes bulge, realize that there will be a simultaneous cheap ebook (which will also be included for everyone who buys the limited edition), and then later in 2017 we will have a non-limited-edition hardcover on my webstore along the lines of the Shadows for Silence/Perfect State double. (We might publish Snapshot alongside Dreamer, the horror story I did for a Charlaine Harris anthology.)

As always, thanks for reading!

Brandon
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Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the final day to back the Mistborn: House War board game Kickstarter campaign. All stretch goals have been unlocked, including an expansion covering the time period of The Well of Ascension called Mistborn: The Siege of Luthadel, which is now available as a $30 add-on.

The fifth installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, "The Box," is now live! If you missed last week's episode, "World Building," you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jRmxWlrVVg&list=PLH3mK1NZn9QqOSj3ObrP3xL8tEJQ12-vL

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Elemental Thriller as a Subgenre, we look at the thriller element as part of a story whose principal driver is one of the other elemental genres. We consider some examples of blended-with-thrill stories, and then drill down a bit into how we can incorporate this in our own work.

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, our friends began to cope with a changed world in the aftermath of the great clash. This week, in Chapter 88, secrets come creeping out: the Ghostbloods, the Sons of Honor, the Skybreakers, and Shallan’s past.

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July.
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The fourth installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, "World Building," is now live! If you missed last week's episode, "The Illusionist Writer," you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/v98Zy_hP5TI?list=PLH3mK1NZn9QqOSj3ObrP3xL8tEJQ12-vL

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Impostor Syndrome, with Alyssa Wong, the Campbell Award nominee and Nebula Award winner joins us. Impostor Syndrome is the frame of mind that many successful writers suffer from, in which they worry that they’re not really good enough at writing to be enjoying their success. Worse, this mindset can prevent us from continuing to create. Many of us suffer from this, and we have some strategies to cope with it.

Update on the Mistborn: House War board game Kickstarter campaign: It's now at 632% funded, and is working on the final listed stretch goal. Though I hear they have something up their sleeve for another stretch goal after that.
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The third installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, "The Illusionist Writer," is now live! If you missed last week's episode, "Cook vs. Chef," you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/1ovtiazIzJA

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, The Elemental Thriller, we discuss the difference between the drivers in thrillers, horror stories, and mysteries, and use the elemental genre tools to assist in the differentiation. We also cover the tools we use to develop and maintain the tension that is so critical in a thriller.

Update on the Mistborn: House War board game Kickstarter campaign: It's now at 530% funded, and is working on the 12th stretch goal.

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan evacuated the armies while Kaladin battled. This week, in Chapter 87, in the aftermath, they face rearrangement of the world as they knew it.

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for June.
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Many of you have been asking for details about the release of White Sand. For those who don’t know, this is a book I wrote around the same time as Elantris—but which I didn’t ever sell. It needed a solid revision before I could send it out, and there were so many things I had to work on that the revision kept getting delayed. When the comic book company Dynamite Entertainment came along a few years ago asking if I had anything that would make a good graphic novel, it seemed the perfect opportunity to make use of White Sand.

Dynamite has been excellent to work with. Rik Hoskin, the person hired to do the adaptation, is a fantastic writer—and he really managed to preserve the core of my story, using my own dialogue and descriptions, while cutting out all the unnecessary stuff. The artist Julius Gopez, the colorist Ross Campbell, the letterer Marshall Dillon, and the editor, Rich Young, have all done a wonderful job.

The novel is big (no surprise), so it’s going to be released in three volumes. The first of these comes out today!

I’ll be doing two release events for volume 1 of White Sand. See below, or the upcoming events page on my website. All copies of White Sand will be signed and numbered at both of these events.


White Sand Release and Signings



Tuesday, June 28th


Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Address: Barnes & Noble Jordan Landing
7157 Plaza Center Drive
West Jordan, UT 84084
Phone: (801) 282.1324


Wednesday, June 29th


Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Address: Dragon's Keep
48 West 300 North
Orem, UT 84606
Phone: (801) 225.7623
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