Brandon Sanderson Prompt!
Today, I was so very lucky to find Tor.com had posted another sample chapter of Brandon Sanderson’s newest Mistborn book, The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel. It was great. I devoured it. It was so very yummy.
If you have not read it and you are a Sanderson fan, Click Here to read the Prologue, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2!
For me, Sanderson smashes the old, tired fantasy troupes that we have learned to love and adore since Mary Shelly first whipped out Frankenstein at the young age of 21, and reassembles what he likes with bits from his mind to repeatedly come up with mind altering Fantasy.
Here is a Mary Shelly quote from Wikipedia that seems to go along with Sanderson process of smashing things and putting them back together. It is her describing her dream that birthed Frankenstein.
“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”
To cement the image, here is a picture that is found on a lot of his books, that looks like a pale student/scholar type.
Sanderson is on my top five list of favorite authors that I have experienced so far in my life. That includes Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V. Brett, Brent Weeks, and a tie with George R. R. Martin and John Scalzi (these last two are new editions to my life and I am sad I was not aware of them earlier).
Back to Sanderson. Not only does he publish fantastic fantasy so quickly, he is also socially aware on the internet. He knows his fans are out there trolling around for information, and he provides the goods. He is on Twitter (@BrandSanderson), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BrandonSandrson), his website is so full of information you can be lost in there for days at a time (http://www.brandonsanderson.com/), and last but not least I believe he is on Google+ whatever that is (still too early to tell).
You may be asking, what is going on with this Prompt? Well, I get a lot of questions (not really a ton) on why my Prompts are so weird. So I wanted to establish the source of my skewed writing Prompts. Brandon Sanderson. He inspired me to look deeper into what I was reading. This was actually a little scaring due to some of my favorite authors becoming almost too predictable to read. But it also pushed me to find smarter reading materials, which I thank him for.
Anyways, shall we do a Prompt now? I think you have read enough History/Fanboy-ism for the day. In dedication to Sanderson, we will do a breaking and smashing Prompt.
PROMPT – Pick a favorite story. Smash it on the ground. Pick out the pieces that connected the most with you. Line them up, and put them together again using a different approach of your choice.
This could be anything from changing the POV, picking up the story where it ended, skipping the action/war scenes and having the characters deal with the consequences, or even having the characters do something you usually don’t read (cough Bathroom scene).
I hope this is a nice cap to your Tuesday afternoon. I know what I will be doing, listening to Fantasy Faction’s recent video interview that you can find HERE!
And if you are totally lost and did not know anything about Brandon Sanderson, here are some helpful links to enlighten yourself .
Amazon’s Info (includes a colored picture)
Hope you have a great Tuesday night,
Sir Drewster III