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Archive for the ‘Facebook Q&A’ Category

April Q&R video is live!

Just in case you hear screams in this episode, that is either Joe Abercrombie down in the basement… or it might be my children.

Show Notes below:

Which character do you relate most to in the Lightbringer series? – 0:51
How do you go about creating different emotional atmospheres for each character? – 2:33
Is there anything major in the Lightbringer series that you regret writing a certain way? – 4:15
How do you get the right dialog/action balance in your scenes? 7:13
What sort of conflicts inspire you the most? – 8:44
How do you approach writing female writers that are well-rounded and dynamic? – 10:07
Seriously, what’s the deal with the clock? – 12:18

Got more questions? Ask them in the comments below.

March Q&R video is live!

Well look at that–another Q&R video on Brent’s official Facebook page:

Show Notes:

.14: “What’s the deal with the clock, Brent?”
.42: “How often does a mirror like Janus Borig appear?”
1.03: “Do you have any idea where you’re going with your next series?”
1.28: “Are you playing D&D at the moment?”
2.44: “What is your background besides writing?”
2.55: “How long did you consider the concept of the Lightbringer series before writing it?”
5.08: “What was the biggest inspiration behind the drafters and their abilities?”
8.12: “Were the book four twists planned from the beginning?”

Additional Resources:
Home page for D&D online: http://ow.ly/dyea50nuof3
And speaking of D&D, here are Lightbringer Character Sheets: http://ow.ly/8UQG50nuof0
Gloomhaven: http://ow.ly/qJfF50nuof4
Further reading on The Medici Effect: http://ow.ly/LjB250nuof2
Further reading on Siddhartha: http://ow.ly/lllL50nuof1

February Q&R video is live!

After a brief break, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming! Show notes below video:

*When I say “November 2018” I really meant February 2019. (Look, friends, I have books to write.)

1. “How do you create a training arc for a character who will eventually become a badass?” – .39

2. “How do you get through writing scenes that are emotionally charged?” – 3.50

3. “When you are writing your books, do you write in public spaces?” -7.18

4. “How long does it take to develop a character? What is your best advice for creating realistic, believable characters?” – 9.07

 

Also FTR a new poll question is live!

October Q&R Video

Surprise! I answered some more fan questions. Two months in a row!

The Facebook Q&R is embedded below for your enjoyment.

I also have a note about this video that I wanted to share. Around 1:30, I talk about biological versus adoptive parents. I used the phrase “real parents” intending obvious air quotes—the first time or so. I sort of lost that denotation as I referenced that a few more times and was thinking about other things. My point—which I hope I didn’t clumsily obscure—is that adoptive parents absolutely are real parents. Forgive my infelicitous phrasing around what can be a tender point.” 

September Q&R Video: Brent’s Recommended Reads

Hi friends!

Since Brent mentioned a number of fantastic books for everyone to check out in today’s Facebook Q&R video, we put together the list (with links!) of authors & titles here.

What? You may be asking yourself. More reading that’s not Brent’s books? Come on!

Think of it this way: now you have a whole list of books to read to help you procrastinate writing that Physics paper.

It’s an English paper? We got you covered, fam.

Ditto History.

You’re not in school, you say? Well then! You should have NOTHING but free time for the books below, right? Right?!

Now get reading!

 

Lisa Cron, Wired For Story: 

http://wiredforstory.com/

 

Thomas Asbridge, The Greatest Knight: 

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/The-Greatest-Knight/Thomas-Asbridge/9781847396419

 

Ian Mortimer, Time Traveller’s Guides: 

http://www.ianmortimer.com/books.htm

 

Robert Crais, Suspect & The Promise: 

http://robertcrais.com/books/book_suspect.htm

 

Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning

http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/Trigger+Warning%3A+Short+Fictions+and+Disturbances/

 

Dan Jones, The Plantagenets: 

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/312497/the-plantagenets-by-dan-jones/

 

Søren Kierkegaard, Fear & Trembling: 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24965.Fear_and_Trembling

 

And the website for HEMA, the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance:

https://www.hemaalliance.com/

July Facebook Q&A video is live!

Brent went with a longer Q&A this month, focusing on a couple of writing advice questions. You can watch the video below.

Show Notes:

“How many characters are modeled after real people? What are your favorite hunting spots for random characters?” .34

“How do you keep track of all the clues and foreshadowing from your previous books and tie any new ideas into what you’ve already published?” 3.26

Got any other questions? Ask them in the comments, and he’ll answer a few more next month.