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Brandon Sanderson Lecture 7: Brandon's Plotting Method (6/6)

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Aqua Rius (3 months ago)
Basically the mistake he did in Mistborn #1, with more than half the book stalling. Glad he learned from it.
dude (4 months ago)
I see stories in 3 parts but in a very loose way as in you have a set up at the start of the story that pushes the main character in a way then you have the middle which covers most of the story and the action keeps heating up then you have your big finish and you're done but there are no percentages for any of these. Just a series of events and characters that compliment each other.
RobertWF42 (5 months ago)
Hmmm how do you write romantic subplots that are engaging without being formulaic? A lot of films, especially rom-coms, use the same plot devices: boy & girl from two worlds fall in love, have a fight and separate, then reunite in the end.
Arkade Jones (2 months ago)
I like to have different things pushing and pulling on the relationship. When the characters are coming closer together, the plot might work to keep them apart. Likewise when there is friction between them, the plot might work to force them together. Achieving a goal in a subplot might cause problems for the relationship, or it might help make the relationship stronger. Each character having things that they won't tell the other is good too. As long as those secrets exist, the relationship will be flawed. Just like any other plot arc, the characters need to work for it. There needs to be obstacles in their path.
Aaron (9 months ago)
Dante's Inferno isn't a novel it's an epic poem :P
first last (2 months ago)
He isn't referring to Dante's Inferno...
Carolyn McBride (1 year ago)
Good Lord his handwriting is horrendous, there was some useful points, but damn...that handwriting.
Sara Stojanovic (7 days ago)
who cares about the handwriting? he's writing down what he's saying, and you're watching it on youtube, you can rewind ...the nitpicking.
Young Nation (7 months ago)
That’s right there is what we call a “Complaint Sandwich”
generalRAAM95 (1 year ago)
Carolyn McBride were*
Christie Powell (2 years ago)
I'm glad I have a word for it now-- I'm doing a travel log for my second book, The Spectra United. I had a loose outline with different areas on the map and a major plot point or two for each spot. --Christie V Powell, author of The Spectra Unearthed.
aw (1 year ago)
Ashley Martin-Lee (1 year ago)
you literally quoted your own self...
MedievalManiac (2 years ago)
That's awesome! I'm working on a sci-fi travelogue. If you ever need someone to read any of your material and give you feedback, hit me up.
Nahuel G (3 years ago)
This guy is the best.
Aluenvey (5 years ago)
I've found I tend to set up a big problem, that reveals clues on where to find the pieces to solve it.
ThisnThatPackRat (5 years ago)
Interesting interview with Breaking Bad creator (Vince Gilligan), Walter's cancer was totally intended to be a Time Bomb. He wanted to set the timer and to make sure Breaking Bad didn't keep going on and on, he wanted it to only be 5 seasons. Great way to make sure your series doesn't "Jump the Shark".
Billy Alarie (2 years ago)
and for it, in part, it turned out to be one of the greatest, most important TV series' ever created! nice :)
Nancy Frye (5 years ago)
This lecture is jam-packed with helpful info for somebody like me who has great ideas for moments in a novel but is daunted at the prospect of constructing a compelling plot. Thanks so much for sharing this!
Will Kirby (6 years ago)
Loved Ocean's 11, 12, an 13. PS... I was the 42nd LIKE ;)
Lita P (6 years ago)
Brewster's Millions - He must spend 30M in 30 days to inherit 300M - He can't tell anyone what he is doing or why, he can't have anything assests, income, etc. at the end either.

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