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Writing Group / Suggested Writing Excuses topic...
« on: October 12, 2008, 08:22:01 AM »
The only Writing Excuses forum I could find was for writing prompts, and since this isn't that, I thought I'd start a thread here.

I've been listening to WE pretty faithfully since quite near the beginning (the BIC HOK and writer's block episodes were especially helpful, I think), but one thing I keep hoping to hear covered is how to write an action scene.  I haven't read Dan or Howard's stuff (at least, not recently, in Howard's case), but I know Brandon writes some spectacular action scenes.  It's always something I've had trouble with, and when I can do it, it's usually in the heat of inspiration.  Later, when that flash has passed, I go to review the scene, and I'll either love it or hate it, but either way, I won't really remember how I did it.  I'd like to  come to a point where I can write an exciting, convincing fight/chase scene without having to be under the thrall of the muse. 


Brandon Sanderson / Just finished Mistborn
« on: November 11, 2006, 08:56:53 AM »
So . . . when's book 2 coming out?   :-/

Brandon Sanderson / Okay, I'm hooked.
« on: November 05, 2006, 06:17:48 AM »
I just finished Elantris.  

I was stunned.  Stunned.

The book started out a little interesting (the mystery of Elantris, Raoden's plight, etc), but it became a page-turner around the end of Part One, when Hrathen was thrown into Elantris (who saw that coming?   :o  I mean, really!).  After that, I couldn't put it down.  I finished it in one six-hour marathon that ended just before sunrise, and I fell asleep with a grin on my face, remembering characters that felt as real to me as people I know (only moreso, because I actually liked Raoden, Serene, et. al.  ;))

Now I'm making my way through Mistborn (imagine my dismay at learning it was part of a trilogy.  You mean I have to wait to see how it ends? :(), and it's the same great storytelling.  Sanderson creates compelling characters you learn to care for very quickly, and you don't stop.  

I only wish I wrote stories this well.   :-/

Ah, well.  Time will tell, no?  Perhaps if I spent more time in front of a word processor, less time doing . . . whatever, I'd be closer to finishing a story I've been working on for almost five years, now.   :-[

I look forward to more great reads from Mr. Sanderson. :D

PS--I've looked, but I can't seem to find it anywhere; now, what does "EUOL" stand for?  :-/

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