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 writer. He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. His latest book is Oathbringer, the third book in the New York Times #1 bestselling Stormlight Archive series that began with The Way of Kings.

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by Amanda Patterson

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