Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]
How frustrating is it that you have to wait so long and do so many things first before you can tell the Hoid story.
Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]
It's not as frustrating as you think. Because, if you sat me down and told me I could only write one of these, Hoid story or Stormlight. I would pick Stormlight every time. Stormlight is a, in my opinion, Stormlight is a stronger story over all. And Hoid's really interesting, and it's going to be a really cool thing for me to write. But I'm more excited for Stormlight 8, 9 and 10 than I am... Though I'll be very excited when I get to write the Hoid ones because they're going to be cool things.
But Stormlight is the thing that I plotted out to be the big opus. It's more frustrated that there's only one of me, despite what the internet says. I don't got any clones, or any Sanderbots to do all this. So I have more ideas than I can write books about. The biggest frustrating in my life is that I can only do so much.
But that's been a frustration since I was unpublished. I always had more stories I wanted to write than I could. So it's all about story triage for me.
One thing I've learned to do is to write novellas or work on graphic novels. Because the actual word count that I need for a novella like Emperor's Soul or for a graphic novel like White Sand, is a fraction of what a big novel takes. And so I get this cool thing with a graphic novel where I can write something out..like I just finished an outline and script for a new graphic novel, that we're not going to release until after White Sand's done. But now that White Sand 3 is moving along and the writing portion of that is done, and we're just working on the art, I came up with something else. And instead of taking 18 months like a Stormlight novel takes, it took me, like, a month. And so that's a way I can get a story ready and can release it to people without having to spend 18 months on something.