Brandon Sanderson

Literary Birthday – 19 December – Brandon Sanderson

Happy Birthday, Brandon Sanderson, born 19 December 1975.


  1. The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.
  2. It was amazing how many books one could fit into a room, assuming one didn’t want to move around very much.
  3. When I write my books, actually, I’m known for very logical rule-based magic systems. I write with one foot in fantasy and one foot in science fiction.
  4. The more limitations you put on a character, often times the better a character you’ll make them, the more interesting the story becomes because the character can’t simply wave a hand and make something happen. They have to work within the framework.
  5. Every man is a hero of his own story.
  6. Authors also create lovable, friendly characters, then proceed to do terrible things to them, like throw them in unsightly librarian-controlled dungeons. This makes readers feel hurt and worried for the characters. The simple truth is that authors like making people squirm. If this weren’t the case, all novels would be filled completely with cute bunnies having birthday parties.
  7. Lately, I feel like my life is a book written in a language I don’t know how to read.
  8. I am a writer who works from an outline. What I generally do when I build an outline is I find focal, important scenes, and I build them in my head and I don’t write them yet, but I build towards them.
  9. You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm. It’s really funny.
  10. Authors write books for one, and only one, reason: because we like to torture people.

Brandon Sanderson is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is best known for creating the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels are set. He is also known for finishing Robert Jordan’s high fantasy series The Wheel of Time. He has hit the New York Times Best-Seller List fifteen times, most recently at #1 with Oathbringer, book three of The Stormlight Archive. His books have been published in thirty-five languages. Listen to his podcast: Writing Excuses. Follow him on Twitter @BrandSanderson

Source for Image

Niccolò Caranti, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 19th December 2014