FanX 2018

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name FanX 2018
Date
Date Sept. 6, 2018
Entries
Entries 111
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
Upload sources
#1 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Vorinism and the safehand, it's obviously a modesty type thing kind of like the hijab. Where does the modesty stop? Or does it go up the whole arm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It doesn't go up the whole arm, it actually ends at about the wrist.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, so if they had, like, a slitted sleeve?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That would be fine.

#2 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have one about Hoid. I want to know, in Mistborn in Arcanum Unbounded, we find out some really important things about him. But we find out, Hoid is an incredibly powerful person.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like, probably one of the most powerful people in the Cosmere.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He once was, and no longer is. So, I can't talk a lot about Hoid, but I'll give you a little bit of where he came from. Where he came from in my brain.

For those who don't know, there's a character who shows up in all my epic fantasy books, named Hoid. Or at least that's the alias he's been using lately. Where did this come from? Well, he came from me reading books when I was a teenager. I can specifically remember doing it with the Anne McCaffrey books, that I mentioned earlier. I was reading those, and I would insert my own characters. I still do this in movies, and books that I read. I add to the story. And oftentimes, when people, bit parts people, would walk onscreen in those books, or in the chapters, I'd be like, "Oooh, this is the secret character," right? And then I would have them go to the other books, and I'd imagine this kind of behind-the-scenes thing where these characters were going from different worlds of different people's books, so I'd read Anne McCaffrey, and they'd show up in David Eddings, and they'd show up in Tad Williams' books, and they'd show up in Melanie Rawn books, and I was imagining this whole story behind the story that I was creating. This was where the beginnings of me being a writer came from, was doing that. It's my own kind of fan fiction, but it's my own kind of fan fiction in my head where I was saying, "Even the characters in these books don't know the real story."

And when it came time to start writing my own, I was really in love with this idea. I can trace the idea of connecting worlds probably back to when I read the Foundation book that connected the Robots books and Foundation books, if you've ever read those by Asimov. That book kind of blew my mind, that those two series I'd been reading could be connected. And it was really, really fascinating to me. And so that's where the Cosmere came from.

And so Hoid has his origins. He existed behind the scenes of the Cosmere books. You don't have to know who he is to read them. You can just read them, don't worry about it. But behind the scenes, there is a story behind the story, and he was there for those events that happened that created... basically ended up with the various deities on the various planets. Where their origins were, he was there. But he wasn't one of them.

#3 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The other Surgebinder in Amaram's army. Was it Tien?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Tien was a Surgebinder and was in Amaram's army. So yes. <pause> And [he] was a Lightweaver.

#4 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In The Stormlight Archive, we know the characters can draw stormlight from various objects, right? Can they steal it from each other?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So... [Begins saying no, fades out]

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Too much of a reveal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, the answer is mostly no, in those situations... no. So I'll give you like a kind of, "Except in special situations." But that doesn't count if they're carrying it, only if they've invested.

#5 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

If Hoid was to get his hands on "bavadinium," could he alloy it with lerasium and get Sand Mastery?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is theoretically possible.

#6 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you visit schools?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Once in a while, but not as much as I used to because it is really demanding on my time.

#7 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When is Dragonsteel coming out? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Dragonsteel is a looong way off. I have to finish Stormlight, and the next Mistborn trilogy after this one first. 

#8 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I read on your FAQ that your in-world language was going to play a bigger part in some of the later books. Is that still something you're planning on?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Still something I'm planning, but we will see. The numerology aspect of The Stormlight Archive is a bigger part of the world than I usually emphasize, because if you emphasize stuff like that people will assume it is actually magical.  They are a bit more superstitious with their numerology than I sometimes imply—

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that why there's lots of things in tens? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, well even more than that, it's based on the whole idea that in the Hebrew, a number and a letter are the same thing, so people would translate words to numbers and numbers to words. They do a LOT of that. 

#9 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When do you expect your next Stormlight Archive book to be released?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They take about three years to do, is what I found, so we're about one year into that so about two more years.

#10 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hoid, Handerwym?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

[laughs] Handerwym is not Hoid. Handerwym is snarky on his own.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

But he is a worldhopper?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Thats...hmmm [gives RAFO card]

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Is he native to Scadrial?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He is native to Scadrial.

#11 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

In The Way of Kings, Hoid says that he has a grudge against Rayse and Bavadin; is that like one grudge against both of them, or is that two separate grudges?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, they are a similar grudge.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But from different incidents?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that too. Partially because I don't know exactly how I'm going to write it yet. That's more a RAFO of, "I'm writing that in 15 years so we'll wait until I do."

#12 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Was Hoid's hair white from birth?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid's hair, in the current incarnation, was not white from birth. But that's not canon until I write it. So, his hair was not white in the very first story I wrote about him, but it was white by Dragonsteel, so who knows what I'll do when I really get back to that. But, right now I have it not being natural.

#13 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

*Written on a sticky note* Is there a connection between the characters who have large purple birthmarks?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do not have any significance to it right now, no.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So let's go back to the other one--lets go with 'not natural white hair.' But that's got the asterisk of "that could change when I actually write it." Who knows what I'll do in 15 years. I think I'm going to have enough trouble making sure that all the things I've put in the books about him are all--stay true. I don't want to pull a Lucas and have the four things we've actually talked about not actually happen in the prequels, but...I'm not going to hold myself to all the Words of Brandon, particularly when I write Dragonsteel.

#14 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In The Stormlight Archive there are characters with names that are different from characters they are in the other Cosmere books, and I'm wondering if there is their a place that has a "this is this person" or if there are like clues that we could watch for.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

People have different names, they're using aliases in various parts of the Cosmere and things like this. The only thing I can point you toward are the fan wikis and fan forums which you probably already know about, the 17th Shard being the biggest of those. I am not revealing who the people are, but theories are on those websites and I have confirmed a few of them.

#15 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I don't know which one it's in, but when Nazh was analyzing Bridge Four--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Nazh was analyzing Bridge Four, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Why was Nazh analyzing Bridge Four? Well, you will find clues to that in the pieces of art in The Stormlight Archive, that he was trying to obtain...they are very interested...certain elements of the Cosmere are very interested in the progress of the Nahel bond as the Knights Radiant are making them.

#16 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why aren't there any dragons in your books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are dragons in my books, they're just hiding.

#17 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How connected is Stormlight to the Warbreaker books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Pretty connected. Yeah, a lot of them...so, when I wrote Warbreaker, I actually had already written the first book Way of Kings, in Stormlight, and I was writing Warbreaker as kind of a prequel to it, but then they came out in reverse order. But they are very...they are the most connected of the Cosmere books right now.

#18 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What was the black gemstone that Gavilar gave to Szeth before he died? Was it Unmade, and what did Szeth do with it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So Szeth has put it in a safe place, and, "Is it an Unmade or is it not?" is a RAFO.

#19 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*Talking about Mistborn and Feruchemists.* Personally, which one would you rather be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably a Mistborn. Because I want to be able to fly. Even kind-of/halfway/maybe/sort-of fly.

#20 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who is your favorite female character?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Favorite female character? Jasnah, probably. It's hard to say, it's like they're all my children, right? Whose your favorite child? but...Jasnah, maybe?

#21 Copy

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hufflepuff, eh?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My husband's a Hufflepuff.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you know what I am? Can you guess?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say...a little bit of Slytherin, I've seen your evil faces when you give out RAFO cards.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Talks over* Slytherin, I'm Slytherin.

I figure if you sort yourself in Slytherin, it's the house that...if you think you are, you probably are.

#22 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna get more Cosmere or are you done with that? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You'll get a lot more Cosmere. A lot more.

#23 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When is Wax coming back?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wax is coming back...Wax will be the next...well...it will happen before too much longer. I was gonna write it next but I don't know, it would kinda feel nice to finish the whole Skyward trilogy, turn it in, and be done, and not have to come back to it, but then when do I do Wax 4? So we'll see. It shouldn't be too much longer.

#24 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was curious, what is your favorite metaphor in the Steelheart series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Definitely the potato in a minefield, just because it comes at the right moment. It's not the best of the metaphors, but it's the most...the most 'David' of the metaphors.

Footnote: These are actually similes, not metaphors.
#25 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who has been your favorite character to write so far?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's hard to say, they're all like my children. I often default to Wayne, because he's a blast.

#26 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My friends and I had this debate when we were playing the Mistborn Adventure Game. So when a kandra imitates a human, do they replicate the organs perfectly?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Usually, yes. But there are kandra that do not, by intention, do that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does that include the reproductive organs?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So theoretically if a kandra were to copulate with a human while pretending to be a human, would it create another human?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would. And I think I've been consistent on that. So, I have to do things like this because I didn't want a blood test to be able to determine who was a kandra and who wasn't, because that's your go-to way to find a shapeshifter. So I think I had to imitate entirely. But boy, would it imitate the genetic code... *sounds of thought and frustration*

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That's the question we have.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, I don't know that they would...so they were human...I'm going to go ahead and back pedal and RAFO on that. I haven't decided 100% yet...I know you can't tell with a bloodtest, but if you look at the DNA, would you be able to tell it's a kandra? And I'm kinda thinking you probably would be able to. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So then, following that they wouldn't be able to reproduce.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, they wouldn't be able to reproduce in that case. I'm gonna go--jury's out. And I have to really make a call on this. I'm going to say, "Yes," right now, that they are doing this down to the cellular level, a copy, but I may have to backpedal on that when I get to future Mistborn books, when I really look at it, what it would take, to do that. It's an unofficial yes, with a RAFO attached to it.

#27 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have you ever thought of stepping out of fantasy, and doing a different kind of drama, like "Let me do a romantic comedy and see how that goes"?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Umm yeah. I mean Legion is a detective story, which is one of my departures, and I do some science fiction. I've never really been interested in doing something that didn't have a sci-fi/fantasy element, 'cause it's part of what fascinates me, but i would be most likely if I were to step out of that, to do something...probably a straight up mystery, would be where I would go. You might also be able to see me writing a historical novel.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like if you tried to do a romantic comedy...but somehow it got some sci-fi--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, every time I try to do something like that, some sort of fantasy element pops into it somehow.

#28 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in the beginning of Alloy of Law, Bloody Tan says that he has met God, Death, and the Survivor. We know that Lessie was working with Harmony the entire time. Was Bloody Tan also under the influence of Harmony?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, "under the influence of" is perhaps a...so I would say "No," but, he is not lying at that point.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, that is awesome.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, "under the influence" is extreme, but...Harmony is also not 100% guiltless. Let's put it that way.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, that feels like a good answer. That way I can at least have Harmony not my most hated Shard, but...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Harmony does not deserve to be hated, but Harmony is having troubles figuring out how to make things work.

#29 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if the Oathpact was limited just to the 10 original Heralds, or if someone could possibly take their place?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Presumably hands RAFO card* 

#30 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Stormlight Archive, of all the Oaths that you know, which Orders would be the hardest to keep?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The thing about it is the spren self-select. So if you're going to give them to a random person then in that case, I'd say the Windrunners, but it could be the Skybreakers. One of those guys that are closer up on the dial to Honor and things like that are probably gonna be the harder to take for a random person but that whole self-selection thing ends up making it...

#31 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is each Shard associated with a certain color in the Cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We'll go ahead, I'll RAFO that. There are some of these questions that the answers are starting to seep out anyway. So, we'll go ahead and RAFO that.

#32 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I can't remember--is there anymore Mistborn books coming?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, there's one more Wax and Wayne book, then I'm going jump another Era to 1980's-level technology.

#33 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Will Kaladin ever get a lover?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a Read and Find Out. People get those cards from me when I don't want to answer the question, because it'll be a spoiler.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I feel bad for him sometimes.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, you're allowed to feel bad for Kaladin.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does he want to find someone to love?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, he does. But, you know. Kaladin is also his own worst enemy sometimes.

#34 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does it ever overwhelm you to know that your books are huge now?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it's a little weird, but...I mean I'll take it. It's better than the alternative, right? You know those days when I was just a little dufus sitting in my basement writing books, have turned into me being a big dufus having to do these big lines and stuff. It is a little weird.

#35 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

For a writer like yourself and Robert Jordan who both have very expansive and articulate universes, how much of the planning process do you do up front and how much do you let it develop organically as you write?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am more naturally a planner, but both methods are valid. Robert Jordan was a little bit more of what we call a pantser. But every book changes as you're writing it. Like, I don't know if you've read Stormlight, but one of the main characters in Stormlight wasn't meant to be a main character until I finished the book and there was something wrong and I went through revisions, and added a character's viewpoint in to fix those problems, and then that sends a ripple through my whole outline, and you know, so stuff like that.

#36 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is your favorite color?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Usually, I say maroon.

#37 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*Inaudible, presumably about inspiration for Allomancy.*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

For Mistborn, more alchemy. I am fascinated by the fact that Isaac Newton believed in it. Just the transition period between superstition and science is a fascinating period.

#38 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It's very subtle, but at the end of Oathbringer, when Jasnah goes to find Shallan on the battlefield, she goes to grab Shallan, Shallan's over here as Radiant. She has Shards *inaudible*?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a Read and Find Out. I'm being very coy on Shardplate, even though you have seen characters with it in the books before. Because I want to wait until I can do some reveals in viewpoint character.

I will tell you this: You have indeed seen people with Shardplate multiple times in the books. Or at least, the soon aftermath of someone.

#39 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Vivenna hunting Zahel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Then why won't she tell him that she's looking?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She is hunting him. There's more to it, but yes.

#40 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So...all the 3 Way of Kings books begin from a different person's perspective in the past. Who're you doing next time?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let me see...so Gavilar is last, so he's not fourth. I think it's Navani, but I'm not 100% sure. Yes, I think it's Navani, but I will have to look at what I've got in my notes. The 4th one's been the wild card. I always went with Szeth first and Gavilar last.

#41 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, is the way that Vasher and...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Vivenna.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How they crossed worlds. Is that related to the worlds that Pattern, and...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Shadesmar. They went through Shadesmar.

#42 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna see the old love that Kaladin had, in Book 4?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She is still alive. Whether or not you'll see her again is a RAFO.

#43 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Dawnshards. Have we seen any evidence of them on Roshar yet?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Technically, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a the relationship between them and say, like, the perfect gems like the King's Drop?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that. Good question.

#44 Copy

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

I was just wondering about the timeline in Alloy of Law. How long does is it take Wax to get back to the city after Lessie died?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's... I would have to look exactly at the timeline. I believe it is months and not years, but I am not 100% sure. It might be, like eight months ?

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

I thought it was six months.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Six months? That's the sort of thing that I have to look at a timeline for. I'm not gonna remember that, but yeah, something like that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So if I came back tomorrow, could you answer that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I probably could not. If you send me an email I probably could. But this sort of thing I have to go, dig into the timeline, say "Hey Peter, where's our timeline on this. Hey Karen, what's the month... get out the master timeline," and stuff like that.

Usually I do a lot of the books, writing them without really worrying too much about the timeline, and then I give them to Karen, and Karen's job is to make all the timeline fit. And she'll come back to me and say, "We need more time here, for these people to get here," and things like that. And so I adjust the books to match the timeline. And so, a master timeline is not something I take into a large account when I am writing. It's more important in Stormlight books 'cause of the storms. You can't just off-the-cuff if there's a storm or not a storm. But in a lot of other books doesn't matter as much.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was just a little confused when Marasi said that Wax had come back at the same time as the thing, it didn't make sense at the end.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We'll see. You can always fire us an email, and we'll go to the master timeline and see what Karen says.

#45 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

On your Tor.com release of Oathbringer, I made a comment, it was about the Windblades being powered by Urithiru. Would that be barking up the right tree or the wrong tree?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a, barking up the wrong tree. Good question. I don't think I've seen that question before.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Even [Alice?] brings it up in the next chapter.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Did she? No, that's a false correlation, the strata are more just there because of how Roshar works, than they are to make you draw a parallel there.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And only Shallan and others can really see the colors *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmmm. That is not a false correlation, right there.

#46 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have any updates on the next Wax and Wayne book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No updates right now; cancelling the Apocalypse Guard and writing a new book in its place has put me just a little behind, but it was the right thing to do *inaudible*. And so I'm just finishing up Skyward 2 and Skyward 1 is coming out in November and I have until January to write something else, because January I need to start another Stormlight book so if it doesn't happen before then I'll probably do it in breaks between chunks of Stormlight.

#47 Copy

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Book six is halfway done, Bastille is writing it. She's doing a very good job; I'm quite excited by her version. It involves lots of stabbing things and Bastille making fun of Alcatraz. It's turning out really well and I think you're going to like it.

#48 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I just found out today that you have a charity called the Lightweaver Foundation.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What are you trying to accomplish with it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm trying to find ways to give away my money.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Excellent! 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's less that I'm trying to funnel money into it from other sources. Sometimes, we sell things or do things that I want to do for charity, but mostly it's, so far we've put a library in the homeless shelter in Salt Lake and we've donated a bunch of books to schools and prisons and libraries. When someone comes and says, "Hey, can you donate to this thing," I just funnel it through the charity. It basically exists to give away my money.

#49 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So Wayne is my absolute favorite character, what was your main inspiration for him.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wayne started with a character, I wanted to changed personalities based on the hat they wore, and it actually started as a haberdasher, a hat maker, and as a character staring in his own story in the Mistborn world and it didn't work, he needed somebody to play off of and so I shelved it and started The Alloy of Law where he could have somebody to play off of. Wax actually grew out of Wayne.

#50 Copy

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

I know I mentioned my tattoo that I wanted to get yesterday, and I was wondering what, cause I want the planets that feature in that system to be colored and everything is black and white, and so I was wondering what color I could get for each of them.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wow, ok, I don't know if I can answer that right here, you probably want to email that to us. I can give you an off the cuff answer. I don't know if it'll be like a canonical answer or something like that. Give them to me and I'll tell you what my instincts say.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Sel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would do Sel as a blue color. Probably a light blue.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Nalthis?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Nalthis i would do as like a vibrant pink, orange, or something like that.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Taldain?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Taldain I would do as yellow.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Would I do like the half and half or?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would do half and half, yeah, or if you wanna do black and white. Black and white would work very well for them.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Scadrial?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Scadrial I would do as a rust red, like a deep red.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Threnody?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Threnody, lets see. 

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

I was thinking like a dark blue/green mix as well.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The problem is you would want to do Roshar as either a brown or a Kholin blue. Probably a brown for the stone, so in that case you could Threnody as like a dark blue and you could do Sel as light blue. You don't have a green in there, so Sel could go green if you wanted it to.

#51 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How's Nightblood going to react to Szeth's spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hmmmm! I'll give you a RAFO on that, here's your card.

#52 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Szeth has trained with all ten surges, is he going to also help train new Radiants?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is something you can expect has been an advantage to them in the intervening time, so yes.

#53 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It sounds like Adolin's sword Maya might be able to be resurrected?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*presumably nods yes*

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it possible that other swords could be resurrected as well?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hmmmm, the coveted RAFO card.

#54 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if an aluminum Feruchemist, if he stores up Spiritual Identity, could he survive a hit from a Shardblade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that. Identity is not the right place to go for that. Exact mechanics are RAFO, but that's kinda along the wrong path.

#55 Copy

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have to post the Pattern deleted scene some time because, whenever I see someone dress up as Pattern, which doesn't happen that often, I wanna quote that scene but it's not in the book anymore, where Pattern talks about how famous he is. Yeah, so, I need to post that scene.

#56 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Oathbringer, you said that Hoid still has a god worshipping him. Can you give some back story to that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I cannot, I mean I can, but I'm not going to.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It will be revealed later?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Maybe. I plan to get all of this stuff eventually into his memoir when he writes it. Or when I write his memoir for him.

#57 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a reason, with 16 being such an important number, that there are only 10 orders of Radiants

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is relevant.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Am I going to have to read and find out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just say 10 is a number that is relevant to Roshar and its inhabitants.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And what's the significance of the number 10?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The significance is that it is very significant.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Will we find out by reading it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Maybe, that's why you're getting a RAFO. Potentially.

#58 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

We know the Moon Scepter helps to change Identity [and/or/of] Investiture? So in the case of Raoden using *inaudible* Elantrians off-planet, would the Moon Scepter allow them to...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So the Moon Scepter is part of a key that they are trying to figure out how to do this. Because, Elantrian magic can be really powerful. All of the Selish magics can be really powerful. Because they are drawing from the Dor the way that they do, you're basically hooked up to a giant battery.

So, none of the other Cosmere magics you've seen have that level going on. The closest you're going to get is when you've got a Bondsmith powering the magic for the Knights Radiant.  Cracking how to make that work on other planets is a really important thing that people are trying to figure out.

Footnote: The Moon Sceptor's functionality has been described elsewhere.
#59 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I want to know if Nightblood can be killed in the same way as a spren.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, that's a RAFO. Nightblood does not have the same spren bond, and so the renouncing of Oaths is not going to affect him, but there are certain things that could.

#60 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where do you come up with your names for books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It really depends on the book. Sometimes I'm using a real world culture's linguistics as inspiration, sometimes I'm building a linguistic trick for them, so it really depends. Listen to my podcast, Writing Excuses, look for the episode on, we're doing one on con-langs or naming. We've got some episodes on that.

#61 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm just curious, there are 16 Allomantic metals, 16 Feruchemical metals, there are 16 Shards of Adonalsium. Are there 16 surges?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So there's no correlation?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

10 is an important number on Roshar.

#62 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's your favorite Magic card to use?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

My favorite Magic card is Vesuvan Doppelganger, from the old days.

#63 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you could choose to cast someone for Vin who would you pick?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ellen Page from 10 years ago. Is that ok?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*laughs* Yes.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think she would've been very good.

#64 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So why does Rand bow to the Empress when the actual prophecy was that she was supposed to bend to him, it was changed by one of the...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So that was actually in Robert Jordan's notes, that this is what he was supposed to do. It was to fulfill that prophecy, and so I don't have an explanation to that other than he made sure to include "this needs to happen", so I did it.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Even though the prophecy was not supposed to be that way?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. That one was very clear in the notes; needs to happen.

#65 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is the stylization of the symbol of the Faithful in the Reckoners series

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's the Superman symbol, but I couldn't say that.

#66 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm supposed to ask how Odium and Honor's Investiture could be so similar.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Odium and Honor, like a lot of the Shards, can be considered to have a similar theme. But that is very common among the Shards, in my opinion.

#67 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you relate more to Kaladin or to Dalinar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Dalinar.

#68 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a question, because I really like Magic: the Gathering. What set are you collecting right now?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm always kind of collecting some of everything. Right now I'm building a Theros cube, so kinda working on that. It's just, I have all my old ones so I'm just like, "Eh, I'll build a cube out of these", so I've just been putting that together, and then I've been building this really weird one that's a commander cube. So I'm grabbing specific cards from here and there and putting them together.

#69 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a reason Kaladin is always talking about the Survivor.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. The Survivor? No. You're trying to get me to slip up on something; no. He does not know Kelsier, nice try.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But are they connected?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Only thematically.

#70 Copy

Timsama [PENDING REVIEW]

Is finding out what the deal was with Mare, is that an Era 2 thing we're going find out or is that...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, unfortunately it is to be left, probably, as a mystery. It is a minor secret that I do not consider a major Cosmere thing, more of a backstory thing. I might eventually get around to it. The chances of it factoring in are very, very slim. I stay closed lipped about it because there is a part of me that thinks I will work it into Secret History 2, sort of like flash-backing material, but I'm not 100% sure I will.

#71 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How far are you into the Cosmere stuff, like how much more can we expect?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are 10 books of Stormlight, around 12 Mistborn, 3 Elantris, 2 Warbreaker, 1 Threnody, 3 Dragonsteel.

#72 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there any possibility of a Legion television show?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is, we have sold the rights to a company called Cinaflex in Canada, they are trying to develop one right now. Hopefully, it turns out alright. We probably have to change the title because there is a Marvel Legion series, we would probably just call it Leeds.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That would be awesome. What about Snapshot?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Snapshot's at MGM, they have a really sharp screenplay that I love. Best screenplay based on my work that anyone's ever turned in. I'm really, really excited and hopeful for that one but there is no greenlight yet so who knows.

#73 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When you were writing Elantris, did you think of the artwork for all the symbols and stuff as you were writing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did, I drew them myself. Those are the only ones that I did the symbols for. After that book, I went and got somebody who knew what they were doing, so they look a little pedestrian compared to the other ones, but I did them all myself.

#74 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If someone was a good enough writer, would you ever consider letting someone else write in the Cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is a possibility. I'd be very wary of doing it, but right now, Isaac, who's my illustrator, wants to do it, and he's been a friend for many years. So I've said, "If you really want to you can." So I'm open to the idea. You probably want to be a professional writer first, and have your own things published.

#75 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you already have the Ideals figured out for all the other orders?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, but I don't always stick to 100% the wording. I got the sentiment and a sample phrase. But for a lot of them, they vary based on the individual. So there's some flexibility. I don't tell people what they are, generally, because I need the freedom to change just in case I decide to.

#76 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Has Hoid just collected--<like he does>--the spren, or...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has legitimately bonded the spren. Let's just say, he has given up on trying to cheat some of the systems and has decided to try to play by the rules.

#77 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Approximately how much Breath would it take to invest a regular object enough to that a Shardblade couldn't cut it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would have to look at the notes. One of the things we're doing right now is, we're unifying the actual unit of investiture. So, I'm not going to answer that until I have that codified, but it is one of the projects we're working on right now. I'll have some answers for you more...we'll just get a unit of measurement that we can use, probably based on that.

#78 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How would an Awakened with Breath piece of cloth react if it got hit with a Shardblade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A Shardblade would probably be able to cut it, but it depends on how much Breath we're talking about.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So if it had enough, it might be able to block it

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

#79 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hoid the only one of his kind that we've met in the Cosmere books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What do you mean by his kind?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is he the only one from the planet he's originally from that we've met?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Because Ati and Leras, the Ruin and Preservation, were both from that same planet.

[...]

All of the Shards of Adonalsium were from that planet.

#80 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you infused a ruby and split it into three or more pieces, would you be able to create a groupchat spanreed?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This has been attempted so far unsuccessfully. Good question! It is very possible in the magic system.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I've always felt this was related to quantum entanglement. Is that part of where you got the idea from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Absolutely. I mean, I know that's not how quantum entanglement actually works. But the magic systems all in the Stormlight Archive grew out of my interest in the fundamental forces. We are several magical steps removed from the actual science in each of these cases, but that was the origin for all those magics. The quantum entanglement fascinates me, particularly the way that we think things should work and find out they don't. I love that stuff.

#81 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we going to find out more about Hoid in the next book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, but only little bits and pieces until a little later. The further we get along, the more comfortable I will be giving you Hoid stuff. Particularly in Stormlight. So yes, but it's a tentative yes.

#82 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a set number of them[Dawnshards]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you willing to say?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you willing to say if they originated in the Rosharan system?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am not willing to say.

#83 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If an Allomancer were to go to a different planet and burn the metals on that planet from that planet, it still works?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Still works.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Same way, no differences?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No differences. The metal is more of a key to draw the magic out than it is providing any power itself.

#84 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How did Marsh survive? When everybody was hiding in the caves, you never explained where he went.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, I do know. He has his ways.

#85 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

If Hoid could have picked to join any order of the Knights Radiant, regardless of the Oaths he had to swear, just the powers, would he have picked Lightweaver?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He would have.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Tell me more!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Lightweaving matches him very well, he's quite familiar with it and experienced with it. He's very good at using it and he likes it.

It's the fulfillment of a long, long quest of his to finally get full access to Lightweaving.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Even though he had some sort of Lightweaving?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He did have some sort of, yes. He's a very very happy Hoid.

#86 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

You told someone that Nan Balat likes to hurt things. Like, a supernatural tendency to hurt things.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's more along the lines of, "He has suffered some...enhancement of a psychological issue through supernatural effects."

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not an Unmade thing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! Good question! That's basically a confirmation, isn't it? *teasing laugh*

#87 Copy

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Do the Natan people live longer than normal humans, because they have Aimian blood?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hesitant* Yes...Let's say, you are theorizing in a good direction.

#88 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is your favorite Italian dish?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on my mood. There are some times where I just want to *inaudible* spagetti and meatballs. But sometimes carbonara. I would probably in a vacuum choose the carbonara. Probably. But it just really depends.

#89 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When did Shallan take the First Oath?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's been quite a while. She's been on this path longer than almost anybody. Jasnah's been going for a while. If you look at the timeline, I think Jasnah beats her. But she's been on this path for years.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do we get to find out when she took that First Oath?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I'm planning to delve into that. It's supposed to be a "Wait, What?" I'd have to look exactly at the timeline, Jasnah beats her.  Jasnah definitely beats her.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

<Are you sure?>

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Maybe not. I'd have to look at the timelines. This is why I have Karen, to keep my timelines for me!

#90 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There is ironpulling and steelpushing. And then there's also the surge of a Windrunner that changes their center of gravity. Are those combined somehow?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Combined, no, but trying to deal with different facets of the same idea, yes.

Footnote: The Surge of Gravitation changes the direction of gravity.
#91 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I forgot to ask about Sixth of the Dusk.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, that would be mostly water, so that's a blue one.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like a vibrant blue?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Vibrant blue. So we've got three blues. But you can change one of those to green, and I would say Sel goes green.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like an emerald green?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Like a grass green. Because a lot of people are concentrating on the *inaudible*.

Footnote: Continued from this discussion.
#92 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, they use silver to fight Shades. I'm wondering if that's actual silver or they just call it silver and it's a mysterious metal that's known to fall from the sky.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's a good question. I have it as actual silver.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be effective, at fighting...if you wanted to harm a spren or seon or other types of Cognitive Shadow?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

#94 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we seen Hemalurgy used anywhere other than Scadrial

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I believe you have. Let's do that as a, "I believe you have."

#95 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*Inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Cultivation and Honor were with the Parshendi, Odium came with the humans. And there was a bit of a reversal happened there.

#96 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My question is a follow up to what you answered in my Well of Ascension. I asked if Hoid had any love interests, and you said, "Several". My follow up question is, have we seen any of those *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They will show up in various books but you have not seen them yet. They're *inaudible*.

Footnote: That entry can be found here.
#97 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a lady in the future for Kaladin?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a Read and Find Out. Let's just say Kaladin is historically not that great on relationships but he has not given up on trying.

#98 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I want to know what Sazed's robes look like.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Sazed robes are long, and they've got a V pattern.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*Inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is sewn into it. The V pattern is just sewn into it like that. Of alternating colors. Not alternating, various colors. Kind of a rainbow look.

#99 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Wit a remnant of Adonalsium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I thought I had it figured out! I figured he was going around collecting himself. Getting all the different *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, he is not a remnant of Adonalsium. Good question, though.

#100 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Now that Wax is a major part of society, are people trying to copy his coat?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That, you will see in the next book! You'll have to wait and see!

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I thought with that one, I wouldn't get that!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wax has had an effect on the fashion industry.

#101 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are these old Radiants?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Those are Heralds. That's Ash, who you'll see that the very end of this [Oathbringer]. That's Jezrien who's also near the end. You haven't met her [Vedel] yet. Ishar, you have heard about. And it's identified in this book who he is. But those are artist interpretations of them, in-world. They're like the Sistine Chapel versions of the Heralds. They might not look exactly like that, but that is an in-world interpretation of them by an artist.

Footnote: Question refers to the Oathbringer endpaper art
#102 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid was at the Shattering of Adonalsium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was there, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Was he Adonalsium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was not. Good question.

#103 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, my question for you is writing related. I just finished a new first draft in my novel.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I know you! Yeah, ok sorry. It took me a minute.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So yeah, I finished my draft; what was it that helped you when you... cause I recalled hearing on Writing Excuses, you talked about this, how editing was the bane of your existence earlier, you just didn't wanna do that, and I'm finding that too. I dont wanna jump in and fix all the terrible things. What was it that helped you kinda like...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It honestly is the thing that held me back the most. I think it was kinda partially just, getting rejected enough that I realized I just had to learn to do it. That was part of it. Giving myself space after finishing a book, writing something else and then coming back to it when I was feeling kind of fresh about it and exited about tackling it again, that helped a lot. It was also kinda like growing up as a writer, if that makes sense, and realizing I'm not ever gonna sell a book until I could learn to take a good one and make it great and then I just started buckling down and learning to revise.

#104 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So how big are spren, like when Kaladin sees a spren, how...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on the spren. lifespren are real tiny, little dots. windspren *presumably gestures*, like that. Some spren are as large as buildings. There is no strict size increment, but you can guess the size if I don't say otherwise. It really depends.

#105 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Well I'm an English teacher major for little kids and I was wondering what you think, or any advice, on how to make my students life long writers and readers.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

When I was a teenager and I didn't like books and a teacher, the first teacher who really took the time to find a book that would match me rather than assigning me a book that they liked, was the one that got me hooked, so I kind of focus on that idea. I tell kids sometimes, books are like shoes, not everyone wears the same kind of shoes and when you wear the wrong size you might think shoes are painful but if you get the right size they make your life way better. Books are kinda the same way so try lots of different things, introduce them to a lot of different things and encourage them to read what they love.

#106 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is your favorite parable from the Way of Kings?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm not sure if I have a favorite. It's kind of like what I'm thinking about or feeling at the moment. One of the reasons I haven't written the whole thing out is because I want to be able to add to it when the right mood strikes me and stuff like that. I will say, the ones i haven't written yet will probably be my favorite if that makes any sense.

#107 Copy

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

When you write the books, do you set up the setting and stuff first, because it's an amazing setting.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I do a lot of planning ahead of time. I'm naturally an outliner. It's not the only way to write a book, some people do it the opposite way, but I do a lot of outlining.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a lot of trouble outlining myself.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Sometimes it doesn't work. There are some writers, that if they outline the book, it actually ruins the book cause they feel like they've already kind of gone through and written it.

#108 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the [portrayal] of Kaladin *inaudible* going to be an ongoing theme throughout the books? Is that what you're going to do?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Relationships are not really his thing, let's just say that.

#109 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Some of the names in the Stormlight Archive, sometimes they almost seem a little French to me.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh yeah? Names from Stormlight are mostly coming from Hebrew or from Arabic. A lot of Arabic, a lot of Hebrew. I studied French in high school, so you never can tell. But Kelsier ("Kel-see-ay"), Demoux, and Vin are all from French in Mistborn.

#110 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, how much of an idea do you need before you start working on a book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on your writing style. For me, I need multiple ideas that are interacting in interesting ways. Some writers, no idea is required at all. They just start writing and see where it goes. Stephen King sometimes does that, when he writes books. We call it pantsing versus outlining, and I'm more of an outliner. I like lots of cool things that are interacting.

#111 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you tell us when more books are coming... as far as Alcatraz?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Alcatraz 6 is halfway done. It is moving along really well. I wrote a chunk of it and didn't like it, went to a friend of mine whose a really good writer and said, "I can't get Bastille's voice down, can you help me out?" And so we've been kind of going back and forth and sending things back and forth to each other and it's finally really working. It's snapping right together, and so I would imagine it's less than a year away. I don't know for sure. Not far.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name FanX 2018
Date
Date Sept. 6, 2018
Entries
Entries 111
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
Upload sources