Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

Writing Excuses 7.24: Project in Depth — Way of Kings

There are a lot of things that Our Very Own Brandon Sanderson can get away with. In The Way of Kings, he gets away with not just one, but TWO prologues. In this ‘cast Mary, Dan, and Howard get to grill Brandon about his opening epic, The Way of Kings.

This is the second entry in our “Project in Depth” series in which three of the cast members gang up on the fourth and ask them all about one of their books.

We get answers about the prelude/prologue decision, the extremism of the setting, and lots of information about why this book needed three different major character POVs. Brandon talks in detail about some of the character problems he encountered with Dalinar in the early drafts of the book. If anything, this part of the discussion points up the importance of a good re-write.

Finally, Brandon talks about his naming conventions.

Homework: Take a character of yours, and split that character into a character and a foil.

Thing of the week: Stranger in a Strange Land (unabridged) , by Robert A. Heinlein, narrated by Christopher Hurt.

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