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Brandon Sanderson Lecture 1: Ideas are cheap (2/5)

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Brandon lays the smack down on the artist's natural propensity to coddle his or her ideas. Ideas in writing are cheap. Live with it. Next up: Class Format and Goals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if8OXEX6zW8. Browse all the lectures in one convenient place at http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/home/brandon_w2012/ Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/CVfz/
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Söhne Muarsnebel (5 months ago)
he stole a quote from Herbert and coined it as his own idea
psikeyhackr (9 months ago)
Ideas are cheap? Maybe in fantasy and feeble science fiction. There is a youtube video with Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov and Studtz Terkle hosting where Ellison says that Asimov is a science fiction writer but he, Ellison, is not.
Cindor (1 year ago)
Codex Alera is the first book I've read in years that got me into reading more. Glad he mentioned it.
Austin Worthington (1 year ago)
Why is it whenever I watch these it seems I already follow all his advice. Though I will make my first idea great it can wait till I have the skill.
Denna (1 year ago)
How can you be so lucky to be there? How many souls do you have to sell for that O.O I really would like to see him live :')
Ethan Sargent (1 year ago)
*gasp* did you name yourself after Patrick Rothfuss's character from the Kingkiller Chronicles???? If you did, I'm so happy. Just finished reading Name of the Wind last week...
Artur Batista (1 year ago)
Alguém legenda isso em português, por favor. Deve ser show aprender com esse cara. Sou grande fã.
steven shar (2 years ago)
Wait, Codex Alera, the novel that I adore, is made from Pokemon and the lost Roman Legion?
farefouse olly (2 years ago)
Pokemon is one of the greatest ideas of all time.
red (3 years ago)
I think it's more useful to say "*good* ideas are cheap." Because ideas are not equal, *but* you can work with any idea to make it good.
Maxime Teppe (2 years ago)
"good ideas" means nothing, because the silliest pemise can give a great work. It's al a matter of finding the right tone to develop an ideas, an what themes to develop around that idea.
red (3 years ago)
+red Or better yet: "Good ideas are easy. Good execution is hard."
Kami (3 years ago)
But... but... my idea is kinda the best.
Gregory Frowendown (9 months ago)
I loved his note about great writers with bad ideas. The idea of Jurassic Park means nothing if you give it to a bad writer.
Falcon V (11 months ago)
Kami what I take from this is that a cheap idea has potential to be a great one with the right writer. But he didn't mention that a great idea only amplifies a great writer.
Crimson Dervish (3 years ago)
When it comes to people, mercy killing is against the law. When it comes to fiction, it is the law.  ~Stephen King
Turmunhk Ganba (1 year ago)
Kindred Spirit i
Heather Toomey (3 years ago)
Someone should write a book about a pair of glasses and some mud!   I can totally see someone sprucing that idea up into having really high-tech glasses and a mud portal that goes somewhere cool like to the past, and then having some medieval genius with bad vision finds the glasses, clean them off, and use them to become a famous historical figure.  Come to think of it, that would actually be a pretty cool story...
SavvySteak (3 years ago)
+Heather Toomey The next Stephen King Novel XD
Philip Moore (3 years ago)
+Heather Toomey sounds cool
Mionysus (4 years ago)
I'm writing a book about gay aliens who land in Medieval Europe!
Whalewil (3 days ago)
I saw you on r/worldbuilding!
Alex Lleixà Subirats (11 months ago)
https://youtu.be/soXkFMO4ixI 🤔
skyelight (1 year ago)
Omg... That actually sounds interesting. Please do continue!
Terry Ferguson (4 years ago)
Thanks for sharing this. I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn from a real pro!
jhon doe (4 years ago)
How is Pokemon and the lost roman legion bad ideas???, Pokemon alone has made 100's of millions so how is that a bad idea? 2 bad ideas would be like "political negotiations" and "a professional human feces taste tester"
Gregory Frowendown (9 months ago)
because anything can be a good idea to a great writer. give a great writer coal and he will turn it into a diamond.
Blizzic (1 year ago)
jhon doe "Pokémon has made money so it's a good idea"
An Enemy Spy (1 year ago)
It's not they're individually bad, it's that the guy thought there's no good way to combine them.
Kerian Halcyon (3 years ago)
+jhon doe "political negotiations and a professional human feces taste tester." A sewer troll walks into a bar and winds up getting the short straw and is sent to negotiate a peace treaty with a rival nation, because the nation is infamous for killing messengers and no one wants to go. A fantasy comedy with some kinky romance thrown in
Franciumflourine (3 years ago)
i think the way jim butcher tells it and what brandons getting at is that writing skill> original/ inspired ideas
Archonize (5 years ago)
We live in a sad world where most people haven't even seen VHS tapes man, there is no hope getting through to him hahah
Zaishe07 (5 years ago)
awesome. I
ThisnThatPackRat (5 years ago)
No, writing isn't mystical, but there is more "creative typing" (credit for term goes to Harlan Ellison) going on out there than actual WRITING. Writing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration (Thomas Edison about genius), but THERE IS such a thing as a HACK.
Will Kirby (5 years ago)
Thank you SO SO SO much for posting these. It's VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
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KytaEternal (5 years ago)
<3 Brandon Sanderson!
confusecian (5 years ago)
Fuck YOU man... the guy was good enough to share this awesome lecture by Brandon Sanderson and you are complaining?! It's free and all... take your whining elsewhere.
IlIl (5 years ago)
What the FUCK are you expecting from a youtuber with not too many views who just wanted to film and posts these lectures so that we all can enjoy them at home? Are you seriusly complaining that he didn't bring high quality equipment in for his lecture?
Crustycumsock (5 years ago)
horrible audio, get a real mic
Gabriel Harwell (5 years ago)
Dang I envy the people that get to have these classes, I wish I had a class with a teacher like that, thanks for posting these videos they're great!
brent shio (6 years ago)
thanks for posting these, they are great!
Leanna Rothan (6 years ago)
I needed this 15 years ago!
Jimbad29 (6 years ago)
this is great! im taking noted on this

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