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Brandon Sanderson Lecture 4: Character Creation Examples Part 2 (6/6)

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An exercise in character creation (Part 2). Next up: Lecture 5 Short Story Guru http://youtu.be/FEQ-Iijn66A For the complete lectures see http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/home/brandon_w2012/ Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/CVfk/
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Alister B. (6 months ago)
Name Gender, age 2 Passions Secret, past, and relationships Personality, quirks, and traits Goals and motivations
unstaible child (1 year ago)
dont be an sjw brandon! ffs i wonder why a woman would talk to or about a member of sex that comprises 50% of the population!
toobboob79 (6 months ago)
Eh, he's a writer that was popular before the political shift. He's a product of his age. He'll either grow out of it, or be viewed as a bit "old fashioned" in a few years. This vid is a few years old already. Also, I don't think it ever hurts to understand other people's tastes and preferences. You can more successfully write a book aimed at that targe demographic if you understand the cliches and tropes they like.
Máté Kovács (1 year ago)
-,-" Alien racist? C'mon, that word is self-debunking...or how you call it. Racist is hatred against an exact race. "Aliens" are a different species. Use specist, or some other word ffs.
The Stormfather (1 year ago)
2:50 I see someone read a lot of One Piece and liked Nami ;)
M P (2 years ago)
He sounds so annoyed with some of these lol!
Dave Jacob (2 years ago)
damnit, that really would be a great first sentence + conflict. and the third character also sounds really great.
OldmansCC (2 years ago)
For whatever reason he wanted to point out and avoid stereotyping the females, but he piled stereotypes on the older guy?
Dave Jacob (2 years ago)
the stereotype of the older guy is one of many options for older guys, so not necessarily a stereotype. while, as he explained, women are almost all the time in the romance-part of the story, as long as they aren´t too young or too old. and he mentioned it because, as he explained, it is a well known problem.
StateAardvark (3 years ago)
He's kind of a dick to some of his students.
John Lance (2 years ago)
Good, because you can tell that they think they're pretty awesome and they need someone like Brandon to yank their chain from time to time (especially the guys in the class, guys get real over-confident at that age). I cringe, remembering some of the dumb shit I said in classes back when I was 20 years old. But that's part of the learning process, you say something stupid and the teacher lets you know that its stupid, then puts some real knowledge on you. I'm pretty sure Socrates was a dick to some of his students too, it's just the way it is in that format....
Christie Powell (3 years ago)
Has anyone written up a book on these? Because I would love to read the third one, with the sibling stealing the sword. I notice he didn't name them. Do names ever come up in these lectures? Because those are kind of important.
Zaxolol_Riyodin (2 years ago)
I'm pretty sure he just made that story up for the class.
HeavyMetalGaming (3 years ago)
I wonder how Brandon feels about reading other books at around the same time he is writing one. Is that just something you would stay away from as a writer? Or is it something that might actually help you in your creative process?
detectiveMM (2 years ago)
HeavyMetal he definitely reads while writing books. Writing a book can take up to a year or more so he's not gonna go that long without reading anything
Onyxianz (3 years ago)
+HeavyMetal I do this at the moment but I only do so that I can expand my vocabulary. I think, in writing, inspiration shouldn't come from books.
Leetle Seester (3 years ago)
Thank you so much for uploading these!!!
Rees J B (3 years ago)
I think 2:50 might have just been the origin of Eshonai's story in Words of Radiance.
The Stormfather (1 year ago)
It's funny because it sounds exactly like Nami's dream. Nami is a character from the popular manga One Piece, and her dream is to map the whole world.
bumfree (4 years ago)
Clairvoyance, immortality, boy wizard, family members dying......... We need more originality
toobboob79 (6 months ago)
Well, in fairness, most of these kids will never go on to write a book. They just want an easy grade, and a bit of fun.
Jasmine Wills (4 years ago)
Cyborg from Teen Titans/Justice League...
Kris Ross (4 years ago)
Brandon is too smart to be a Morman. If you want good fantasy writing look no further than the book of Morman.
Mark JN (1 year ago)
"Brandon is too smart to be a Morman. If you want good fantasy writing look no further than the book of Morman." Someday you might have the maturity to be critical of a system of beliefs without trampling on them.
The Stormfather (1 year ago)
There's kind of a big difference between being a moral realist and believing that a few hundred year old verified charlatan was actually a holy prophet. But I don't really like this edgy internet atheist approach tbh. I don't care if u r a mormon because most mormons I know are amazing people, and more besides Brandon is more defined by a modern worldview than by his mormonism. Being devoutly religious does not mean that you take every little piece of scripture literally seriously. Because of course you can realize and admit, at least to yourself if you're devoutly religious, that your book is man-made and ultimately you simply believe in a higher power, some higher power that takes a very unlikely interest in what you are doing. Sure you can call that ridiculous, it is. But nobody is harmed.
Senti (1 year ago)
who cares. are you seriously angry because people believe stuff? chances are you hold unfalsifiable beliefs as well, be it moral realism or logical positivism, etc. like 99.99% of people on the planet.
MoonshineSazerac (1 year ago)
Kiki Ross of course it does. How can you claim to be a) an intelligent, rational human being and b) someone who believes any of the crap presented in the Book of Mormon? With gold plates in a back garden, god living on a different planet, and jews building boats to sail to the states, or literally every other thing in that crock of shit? Religion needs belief and faith to function, and faith is the denial of facts and observation to reinforce the belief.
Senti (1 year ago)
I unironically think the book of mormon is one of the greatest pieces of science fiction ever conceived, and not in a bad way whatsoever.
Bimmer Bomber (5 years ago)
@chris pacheco Really? Where did that some from? O_O
Nicholas Keirstead (5 years ago)
GASP! The younger sister steals the magic sword and uses it to resurrect their dead father, and now keeps him in the basement!
chris (5 years ago)
i wonder how large b-sands' harem is.
SeverinR1 (5 years ago)
17 yr old necromancer with zombie father playing crochet in the basement.
wire stark (5 years ago)
The 6 year old walks past the 52 year old guy in the street and says "WTF, a Trash man, Zen-master, String Theorist?"
xPythox (5 years ago)
I groan anytime one of these air-headed students opens their mouths.
eeMJaii (5 years ago)
Haha the 6 year old is a loose outline of danny torrence ;)
mercury0x0 (5 years ago)
Don't worry, I'm writing it right now. Thanks to these lectures.
Emily Davidson (6 years ago)
I wish i had a Brandon on my shoulder watching me write and correcting me when i get it wrong.
Bright Helix (6 years ago)
tvtropes.org might be useful
Scot Nommensen (6 years ago)
Is there a place where I can find a list and description of all the personality archetype?
Mitch Iverson (6 years ago)
Write it... :)
BooReview (6 years ago)
The one minority... Sazed!
Anders Christensen (6 years ago)
Am I the only one watching this going "Holy mother of all piranhas, I want to read a book about a 17-year-old necromancer whose zombie father lives in the basement!"
Aldermeer (6 years ago)
One thing I would add to the Bechdel test is that the women have to be of different age groups, so you don't end up with it being all "sororities" and "quilting bees".
tamanous (7 years ago)
This is so helpful for my books. Cheers!
Ixuvia (7 years ago)
Can't wait to see this stuff continued. Thank you so much for posting, it's the most entertaining learning I've done for a good long while.

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