#SandersonChat Twitter Q&A with Audible.com

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David Candland

At what point did you determine Spook's ultimate place in the Mistborn universe? Was it planned up front?

Brandon Sanderson (Part 1/Part 2)

Spook was the big surprise in the series. Everything else was planned from the get go, but I grew to like him a great deal.

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John DiLillo

The finale of Hero of Ages is incredibly ballsy. Were you at all concerned about backlash?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, I was. As was my editor. We both agreed it was the right ending, though, and so I didn't have to do much convincing.

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elektrotal

Why did Mat never meet up with the [Band of the Red Hand] again?

Brandon Sanderson (Part 1/Part 2)

[Robert Jordan]'s notes had them going on separate paths, specifically because he wanted Mat to go to Seanchan.

But after events of A Memory of Light, you can assume he dropped in to check on them.

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Zmann966

Is the metal on Scadrial specially Invested? Can an Allomancer use metals from other planets?

Brandon Sanderson (Part 1/Part 2)

Metal is a key, not the source of power itself. Most is not specially Invested. It glows because of the power seeking to come through it, not because of the power within it.

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Sarah Celiann

Any advice for creating an editing plan, especially if a novel needs big changes?

Brandon Sanderson (Part 1/Part 2/Part 3)

Organize your list of changes by importance, and try fixing only the most important ones in your next draft.

Once you have the big things fixed, you can move on to smaller issues. Be goal based in your revisions.

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Thomas

What author would you want to finish The Stormlight Archive or Mistborn books if you were unable to?

Brandon Sanderson

I'd probably want Brian T. McClellan or Brent Weeks, though I don't know if either would have the time.

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Discar

How big is the Roshar supercontinent?

Brandon Sanderson

[Peter Ahlstrom] or [Isaac Stewart], can give you a specific on that, if you need one. I don't have the scale map handy.

Isaac Stewart

Roughly 4000 miles East to West.

Peter Ahlstrom

I can't remember if that is right, per my globe.

Isaac Stewart

True. Things might've changed since the globe experiment.

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Yata

Is "Galladon" Galladon's true name ?

Brandon Sanderson

It is his birth name, if that's what you're asking.

Yata

Yes, I had this crazy idea about "people need to have an Aon in the name to be chosen by the Shaod" and Galladon hasn't it.

Brandon Sanderson

Ah, that's an excellent guess. But no, that isn't the case. It's more about Connection.

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Anna

Epigraphs in Mistborn & Stormlight: did you wrote them before, during or after writing the rest of the book?

Brandon Sanderson

Almost always after the book is done, with notes before certain chapters of what to include above that one.

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L Cress

Do you think pantsers grow up to be planners? Or, are pantsers forever pantsers, & planners forever planners?

Brandon Sanderson

I think that both pantsers and planners generally learn to use the tools of the others side on occasion.

And some do swap, particularly for given books. But neither is the other in embryo.

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Cloud of the Ghar

Was atium truly one of the 16 metals, or can it be used by anyone just like lerasium?

Brandon Sanderson

Atium has some screwy things going on. It's not one of the 16, but not just anybody could use it.

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Dustin Warf

If Kelsier had visited Roshar, what spren would have been attracted to his character?

Brandon Sanderson

Gloryspren because he pretty much always feels like he's done something awesome. :)

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Avi Dobkin

Hoid, Wayne, Kelsier and Wax are playing cards. How many aces are there?

Brandon Sanderson

Only Wayne and Hoid are likely to cheat, and they'd be in cahoots.

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David Charleston

Will you ever do any more in the Reckoners' world after Calamity? Both [Megan Tarash] and I hope you will.

Megan Tarash

Leave the man alone, Knees. He's answering the fans' questions, not yours.

David Charleston

How do we win? That's my question.

Brandon Sanderson

I'll be releasing a little instructional manual on this in a few weeks called Calamity. :)

David Charleston

Come on. That answer was about as helpful as a drier full of water balloons.

Megan Tarash

(I'm only teasing. Please don't kill me in the next book. Please.)

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Tara

In Stormlight Archive what inspired you to come up with the idea of bridges & how they carry them across chasms?

Brandon Sanderson

I wanted a form of siege warfare that was different from anything that readers had seen before, but had the same despair to it.

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Shyninglight

if you could have any of the powers from your books which one would you choose?

Brandon Sanderson

Windrunning, probably.

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Sagar M

Do you always know the ending of the stories when you begin them?

Brandon Sanderson

Almost always. I'm a planner. Once in a while, I do a short story where I don't. Even that is rare, though.

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AndrewStirlingMacDonald

Did Nazh fall in with Khriss before or after the Forests of Hell were colonized by Patience's people?

Brandon Sanderson

RAFO. (Sorry. I am toying with a book on Threnody, and don't want to lock myself into anything yet.)

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Caitlin Shanly

Your characters often gain confidence from beg to end of a book. What inspired that trend of personal growth?

Brandon Sanderson

My own life! :)

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AndrewStirlingMacDonald

I know they are not a part of the Cosmere, but does the Reckonersverse follow the rules of Realmatic theory?

Brandon Sanderson

No. Instead, it follows quantum multiverse theory.

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Rock Chef

Is Edgli going to make an appearance (or be mentioned in) another book? I want to know more about Edgli!

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, this will be answered eventually.

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Maria Goulet‏

Why isn't Alcatraz part of the Cosmere?The lenses seem like they could be investiture-related.

Brandon Sanderson

I didn't want Alcatraz to have to follow Cosmere continuity and rules. Yes, the magic could work in the cosmere

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Drew McCaffrey

I'm assuming they met in White Sand, if Hoid is who I think he is in that one ;) but more how well does she know his agenda?

Brandon Sanderson

I'm not sure if you're thinking this, but Nazh and Hoid are separate people.

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Wayne McCutcheon

Any new information about the Steelheart movie? So excited about it! Will you be involved in making it?

Brandon Sanderson

Last I heard, they had a script they liked, and were sending it out for a polish. I will be as involved as they will allow!

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Nick Silverdime

How hard was it for you to get your first manuscript published? Did you send multiple copies?

Brandon Sanderson

It took me ten years of work to become an author who wrote books that were of professional quality.

Once I hit that point, my chances improved. Elantris was rejected half a dozen times over four years before selling.

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AndrewStirlingMacDonald

Can you tell us the name of factory from which Tia gets her Cola pouches? And perhaps the city?

Brandon Sanderson

Factory is one that doesn't exist in our world, but I believe I have it in Chattanooga.

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the other Nathan

If a large group of Windrunners lashed enough mass towards a single point, could they create a black hole?

Brandon Sanderson

Offhand, I think that would be theoretically possible, though in practicality impossible. We'd need [Peter Ahlstrom] to do some math.

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AndrewStirlingMacDonald

Parshendi/Parshmen/Gemhearts vs ISIS/Non-radical Muslims/Oil - A comparison you've considered while writing?

Brandon Sanderson

The Parshendi aren't the radicals, though. In that conflict, I'd argue that the humans are.

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Drew McCaffrey

With the White Sand graphic novels, do you intend to continue the sequence past the first MS of White Sand?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, if they are popular enough, I do.

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Mell Ashwill

Where did the Cosmere come from? What inspired you?

Brandon Sanderson

Lots of things. Isaac Asimov connecting his Robot books and Foundation books was a partial inspiration to be certain.

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Anna

Do you watch Doctor Who? And if so, would you like to write an episode?

Brandon Sanderson

I have watched some Doctor Who and liked it a lot--but I don't do screenplays, so I might not be a good choice.

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Hazuki

Are there any characters that were particularly difficult for you to work with?

Brandon Sanderson

Cadsuane from the WoT was the one that comes to mind.

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Leah Burkhart

Have you ever completely lost motivation or inspiration to write? When?

Brandon Sanderson

Closest I've come was about two years before I got published. I'd been rejected so much, and had worked for 8 years.

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Volratho

If someone was tapping gold, would spiking a separate ability out of them kill them? Or would it work at all?

Brandon Sanderson

It is possible to spike someone without killing them. But they'd never be the same. It would be worse than being a drab.

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Name #SandersonChat Twitter Q&A with Audible.com
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