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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 / Re: Okay, I'm hooked.
« on: March 17, 2007, 11:55:42 PM »
I could never consider a working mother of 3 outclassed in any way.

You go, girl.  ;)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fall Book Tour
« on: November 18, 2006, 11:28:49 PM »

See you there.   ;D

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fall Book Tour
« on: November 18, 2006, 04:14:17 PM »
Where can I find out which Powell's Brandon's going to be at on Dec. 7th?   ???

PS-- Portland!  Whoo!   ;D

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Just finished Mistborn
« on: November 16, 2006, 06:15:03 PM »
Yeah, I thought as much. :-/

Honestly, I don't really think I would have anything worthwhile to contribute (except perhaps to point out a misplaced comma), I only wanted an advanced copy of MB2. ;D

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Just finished Mistborn
« on: November 15, 2006, 10:39:01 PM »
So, no joy on the AR thing, huh?

I'm SOL, aren't I?   :-/

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Just finished Mistborn
« on: November 12, 2006, 06:32:40 AM »
Try to get information from other threadsinstead of starting new ones with short/small subjects. It clutters up the forum.

My most humble apologies.   :-[

In his defense, that thread doesn't state in the title that it's book two.  I guess you could probably guess that, but there's no absolutely obvious indication there.

Book two is out in July.  Sample chapters will be up on my website sometime in the spring.  Until then, check our Warbreaker.

I've been defended by the Overlord.

How cool is that?

*fanboy glee*



Anyway, I wait with bated breath for Book 2.   I can't wait to meet Vin and her friends again.  :)

The cover art looks fantastic.  8)


Having read the linked thread, I wonder: how does one become an AR?  Is there an application process?  Forms I have to fill out?  Will you do an extensive criminal check, because that might cause some problems.  ;)

Or am I hopelessly out of luck?  :-/

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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