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    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    Considering Brandon likes MTG, this is probably something he has thought out haha.

    Kaladin strikes me as someone with a very White personality and Blue powers.

    Shallan's Blue.

    Dalinar's White, but I feel like he was Red before.

    Adolin has some Red, some White, and recently some Black I guess.

    Lift is Red in personality and I guess Green at powers.

    What else can you guys come up with?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hmm... These are not bad, and it's always hard to figure out how to define by this system--honestly, I wouldn't trust my definitions, I'd have to go to MaRo or something.

    I'd suspect that Shallan is red/blue instead of mono blue.

    Lift is very green, not just in powers, but in personality. She's all about instinct, and doing what occurs to her in the moment.

    As OP said, Kaladin is very white/blue. And Dalinar is red who became white. Navani is mono-blue. Szeth is black/white, and Taravangian probably mono-black. Eshonai is probably green.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    kakarotoks

    I've searched this subreddit for someone mentioning Jane Elliot before, but nobody has, so I decided to share this.

    I was explaining The Stormlight Archive to a friend yesterday when he told me that BS must have been influenced by Jane Elliot, so I researched her and found the wikipedia article about her.

    This woman was a school teacher who decided to teach her class about racism the day after Martin Luther King's death by segregating the class between light eyed and dark eyed children. It's a very interesting exercise and I love how the darkeyed vs. lighteyed issue was actually experienced for real on this earth, not just in the SA books. You can read more about the experiment on the wikipedia page or in this article.

    The coolest part of this is that the 3rd time Jane Elliot did that experiment, she filmed it and it was made into a documentary in 1970 with the title : The Eye of the Storm

    I think it's a pretty cool coincidence (probably influence rather than coincidence) and I thought I'd share!

    Brandon Sanderson

    The study sounds familiar to me, so I'm sure I've read it before--but I can't remember if it was like this (in reference to the SA, which I'd already started working on) or if I read about it before, and it lodged in my brain as something to try some day.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    Rotten_tacos

    Will there be leatherbound editions of The Stormlight Archive anytime soon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We do those on the 10th anniversary of the original. So, not for a few years.

    havfunonline

    Will there be one for Edgedancer? I know if I was buying the leatherbound editions (which I might someday) I'd want any canon novellas in the correct spots on the shelf XD

    Brandon Sanderson

    Arcanum Unbounded (which contains Edgedancer) will eventually get one.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    NotClever

    I can't remember, was it true that Jordan wrote the last chapter before anything else, or was that just apocryphal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've heard that, but can't find any evidence for it--I do know he had it in mind very early, and did write it down in a very complete form before passing. In fact, it was in a more complete form than most everything else in the notes.

    But I don't think it was written before he did Eye of the World. And I seem to recall an interview with him before he passed saying something along the lines of, "I've got it in mind. I know what it is. It might be slightly different if I write it now, as opposed to if I write it after I finish the last book, but the soul of it will be the same."

    nermid

    Can I ask how much of the sequence where Rand and the Dark One devise possible futures post-TG was you and how much was RJ? Because that was phenomenal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was one of the sequences where I had to construct something to fit what I felt RJ wanted--using the notes, in part, and the momentum of the books as my guide.

    In the notes, RJ said something along the lines of, "Rand and the Dark One fight. Rand realizes that he can't destroy the Dark One, because doing so destroys choice." So I constructed the idea of dueling possibilities because I felt a simple sword fight with the Dark One would be anti-climactic, and that RJ would have done something more epic.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I'm working on being an author as well. How do you worldbuild?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You look for what is going to be relevant and importnat to your characters, and spend your time there. So don't, for instance, build a whole bunch of new languages for a world where all your characters are going to be from the same country, and the languages don't play a relevant part. That is what I would say, particularly in the beginning. If you feel you need more to help you make the world feel fleshed out to you, do that. But worldbuild in service of the story you want to tell.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    So, I heard you talk about cameos, are there any other cameos besides Hoid and Nightblood in the books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Galladon from Elantris, Baon from White Sand, and Captain Demoux all show up in Way of Kings. They're the Purelake scene. Let's see... the character of Felt is a worldhopper, you see him in a couple of books. Watch out for him. Khriss is in a couple of the books, she's the one who writes the Ars Arcanums. Nazh is in a couple of the books, Khriss's assistant. Vasher is in the book. They're all over the place.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Does the name [Wax & Wayne] foreshadow anything that's gonna happen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. I named them that because the pun made me crack up. It's not meant to be foreshadowing. The fun thing about that pun is, Scadrial not having a moon, means that those words exist in their language, it's not part of the common parlance like it is here, so they don't get the pun.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Do you have a set plotting strategy, or do you kind of adapt it to the way you formulate your idea?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My plotting, I have a set one, but it's a really flexible one. It's based off of my goals for a given subplot and what I think needs to happen to achieve those goals. So my outline is a list of goals and bullet points, which makes it a very flexible outline.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    With the hemalurgy, I was a bit confused on how it worked on people and how it worked for kandra, there was the blessings, and one brought them more stability of mind or something. So what is different for kandra than it is for other people?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The things that are building kandra have ripped off different pieces of souls. Rather than stealing someone else's Allomancy, most of those were just created with regular people. The same way that a koloss... you don't need an Allomancer to make a koloss. You just take a regular person, you rip off a piece of their soul, and you staple it to someone else's, and basically screw up their Spiritual DNA, and you have a koloss. But stapling on someone's Allomancy requires an Allomancer.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    [Aether of Night] is two halves of good books, kind of shuffled together. Half of this good book and half of this good book shuffled together. The Shakespearean farce, which is fun and, kind of silly, and this guy who's in not in a position to lead... and the deep worldbuilding war novel with the cosmere magic. And it's like, "We're going to shuffle these together and see how it turns out."

    Questioner

    I loved it. I thought it was good.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And my brother's cameo is in this book. Darro is named after my brother, Jordo.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Which one have you been the most excited to write? Which brought the most joy to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it's really... I love them all. I wouldn't write them if I didn't. I'm at a position in my career where I can say "I'm just not writing this book right now," and not do it. I would say that I'm most proud of the Wheel of time because it was so hard. Particularly the last one, I would say I'm most proud of.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Which has been your favorite project?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't really have a favorite. It's whatever I'm working on at the moment. Every project, there are times where I am just so done with it. Every project, there are times where I'm super excited about it. And when I'm timing it right, the time I'm so done with it is the time where I can be done with it. And the time where I'm super excited about it is when I'm starting it and writing new material for it. I don't think that there is a single book that I haven't been, like, "I am so tired of this, I am so done," by the time I am at revision number five.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    So, why does Warkeeper get putting further back on the back burner, it's, like, my favorite.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, the main reason for that is, I consider it a side project. I considered the first one a side project. And I have to be careful. The big thing is having both a YA career and an adult career. Which, both sell about the same, Reckoners and Stormlight, which are kinda my two big things, about equivalent, which means I have to make sure I'm balanced, an adult book and a YA book. And if I stop to do Warbreaker, I have to... it's much more likely to happen once I have the Wax & Wayne books done. 'Cause when that sequence is done, I'm like, "All right. I fulfilled that promise." Anyway, it's weird how I view which things I promise. Warbreaker, I've never promised people anytime soon. But starting something like Wax & Wayne, I'm like, "I am gonna do these for a while, I have to be regular with those." I don't know. I wanna write it. It will happen someday.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I've been recently introduced to you as an author, and I heard "lighteyed" and "darkeyed." What is that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, in The Stormlight Archive, their ethnic divisions in one of the cultures is by eye color. It traces back to when there was an ancient magic that eye color was related to, and in the modern culture, if you have lighteyes (like you), that's nobility. If you have Darkeyes (like you), you are not noble, you are... you know. So, instead of dividing by skin color or by nationality, they are much more interested in eye color. But that's only one of the cultures, that's a big important one.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    How long did your editors want Words of Radiance to be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, my editor just wants it to be the right length. My publisher is the one who wants things shorter. So, my editor, he's just interested in story. But the publisher, he's interested in money. And the shorter the book is, the more money it makes him. It's really weird, it's kind of interesting. For instance, supermarket pockets, like, the little racks that hold paperbacks, they can hold a certain number of books. My books, they can often only hold one of. And that means if it sells, that pocket is empty, which the supermarket hates. They don't want empty pockets, they want the shelf space used. They'd rather stack four books in there. So, the publisher in turn says, "Brandon, can't you cut these books down shorter?" I'm like. "Well, Tom... no. Other books are short, you have lots of short books of mine to sell," but... yeah. It's not one of them. We just have to give up on the pocket thing, and then the booksellers are like... here, let me [visually illustrate it]. If you've got a book like this [small book], and you sell it for eight dollars, and Way of Kings is this [big] and you sell it for nine dollars, which one does the bookstore want on their shelf more? Well, the truth is, they want the one that sells the most copies, so they're okay with it. But the smaller book will generally... well, it's a matter of them having sixteen dollars worth of stuff to sell or nine dollars worth of stuff to sell.

    So, the publisher really does like things shorter. But it's kind of a pushback between him and me, where I'm like, "My fans also like good value-to-money." I'm just saying, good value-to-money, that's something they're, like, "Look, we'll go buy the hardcover, even though it's thirty-five dollars, because instead of buying a twenty-five dollar hardcover by somebody else that's one-fourth as long, we buy a thirty-five dollar hardcover of Brandon's and we get our money's worth. The audiobook people love that. Like, Audible and things, they're like... you know. Because it's one credit, it's the same price for their listeners, but it's three times as long.

    Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I have a question about the cosmere, and Hoid specifically. The way that he is worldhopping, is he using Cognitive and *inaudible* Realms?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The times you have seen him worldhop, it has involved shardpools, or perpendicularities, as we call them. He is using primarily the Cognitive Realm.

    Questioner

    Because, from what I understood from Secret History, that he's going through the shardpool, from the Cognitive to the normal Realm.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, he's traveling through the Cognitive Realm, and then jumping back to the Physical one, once he's where he wants to go.

    Questioner

    So, I'm guessing what's going on, though, is that he's travelling between planets using the Cognitive and coming out from the shardpool to the Physical Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is exactly right.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Does being female alter the spiritual overlays on a person, so that a Hemalurgically imbued spike would need to be placed differently than in a male body?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    No. In fact, there are female inquisitors in the huge fight when Vin goes blasting through them, but he felt like bringing that out would have been distracting.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Could you tell us a chronology of the Shardworlds thus far? Like, did Warbreaker happen after Mistborn or before, things like that. Personally, I was under the impression you said Mistborn was a sequel to Elantris, but Mi'ch and Josh disagree.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He wasn't positive on where Warbreaker went, but Elantris is first and MB is after it.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    This one is a personal favor... See, for metals that have Feruchemy, this verb is "charge". A metal is Feruchemically charged. But, you've been using the term "charge" for Hemalurgic metals, too, which I think is confusing. Before Hero of Ages I called Hemalurgic metals "Imbued" metals. I humbly petition to have that be the official term, because it's just confusing otherwise.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    The Seventeenth Shard members use the term of Invest for all of those type of things. However, what they use in world is different on each world. For example Way of Kings [Roshar] is infuse.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Will Sazed eventually go mad trying to hold two Shard's power at the same time (being pushed to two different Purposes simultaneously for millennia)? Why hasn't anyone else tried this trick before in the Cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    No. Since they're so opposite they work together to create a whole. However, after a LONG time it would change him as a person.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Will Hoid's character arc, as well as the whole Adonalsium arc, get a satisfactory conclusion eventually?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It depends on what Brandon decides to do. We also might or might not get the rest of the story (pre-story). From a market standpoint it's not wise, simply because if the books require you to have read 32 other books before you read them it doesn't make sense to work on them. However, if the demand is high enough he MIGHT do them after all of the rest of the cosmere books.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Long, long ago when Hero of Ages came out you listed four Shards other than Ruin and Preservation. You said we interacted with two directly. One is a tough call, we've never met the Shard itself but have seen its power. The other one we've not met directly but have seen its influence. My questions:

    -Is the Dor the "tough call" one?

    -Do you count Hoid in this list of four shards? It makes a difference for the theories, Brandon! You don't even need to say if he is bound to a shard, rather just if you consider him in this list.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO, and no, Hoid is not included in the list.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    Will the character of Stick ever make a reappearance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Stick is unlikely to make a reappearance.

    Questioner 2

    Aww. You wrote an essay about it

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I know. I know people really like Stick.

    Questioner 2

    It was a good essay. It was a good essay.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Are Shards all paired? Does Endowment have a counterpart?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO. Also, yes and no. Not all Shards have perfect counterparts like Ruin and Preservation.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Why were Ruin and Preservation linked together?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Because they're such perfect opposites. Basically it's just an opposites attract thing.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Since the dawn of Scadrial, why was Feruchemy isolated in a single distinct population in the world, namely the Terrismen? Allomancy, while rare within the population of Scadrial, at least was not isolated to one population, it was spread evenly, it seems. What is special about the Terrismen that only they get the power of Feruchemy? Does it have something to do with the previous Ascensions before Rashek, with the guardian keeping the power for a time?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It's all in the spiritual DNA, which is passed on like normal DNA. However, they are a separate people. They've kept themselves isolated, similar to the Jews in our world. When I asked he said there have been some Feruchemical-mistings [Ferrings] in the past, but they are very rare.

    Ancient 17S Q&A ()
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    Chaos (paraphrased)

    Why is there such an imbalance between the amount of atium and the amount of lerasium in the world? Also, why are atium and lerasium very imbalanced in Allomantic power (Lerasium is far more useful than atium, really)?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    There isn't. Leras is just spread out further. He is in the mists, in the Well, and in the lerasium. Ruin's power however is condensed strictly in atium.