10 – Mistborn The Final Empire – by Brandon Sanderson – Mastering the Grand Skill of Worldbuilding

Sanderson is a master of creating compelling fantasy worlds. Mistborn is a perfect example – and it’s one of the best novel’s I’ve read this year. In this episode, I’ll analyse different techniques Sanderson uses to craft an amazing world.

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Brandon Sanderson’s (Amazing!) writing lectures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ZDBOc2tX8&list=PLH3mK1NZn9QqOSj3ObrP3xL8tEJQ12-vL

Brandon Sanderson’s Laws of Magic: https://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-first-law/

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9 – The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester – Grounding the Future in the Past

The Stars my Destination is a golden age sci-fi novel that has lots to teach – oddly enough – about realism. Bester extracts qualities from historical eras to ground his world in a sense of truth, and in this episode I explore how he does this and how you can do the same.

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8 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Creating Empathy for the Hero

If you want readers to keep turning pages, empathy is crucial. In this episode, I examine how Cline uses goals to make readers care about Wade Watts in Ready Player One.

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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (affiliate link – using it will give me a tiny bit of money, at no extra cost to you)

7 – The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie – Exploring Theme

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and what made it strong was Abercrombie’s masterful control of theme. In this episode, I examine how The Heroes doesn’t cram a moral down readers throats, but instead uses characters, structure, and symbolism to explore how in a war it’s impossible to be a hero in every way and at every time …

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Shownotes:

Joe’s article on theme in The Heroes

Story by Robert McKee

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

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6 – Neuromancer by William Gibson – 6 Lessons for Writers

Neuromancer was a 1984 genre-defining novel – and it still has a lot to teach writers today. Settle in as I extract 6 key lessons from this ground-breaking sci-fi novel.

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Neuromancer by William Gibson

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