NYCC Fantasy Authors Video Panel

As I continue my quest to understand writing, the writer and the craft better, I stumbled across an old video from 2010 with a bunch of great fantasy authors. They talk about their influences, their advice, and their approach in brutal honesty. It is worth the hour of your time but here are a few highlights below…

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Fantasy Writing with Brandon Sanderson at JordanCon 2010

If you are an aspiring author (those in fantasy/scifi might find this more relevant than others), then here are a series of videos from best selling author Brandon Sanderson on Plot, Description, Scene, Setting and Editing.

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There are many places to take classes, read articles or review books for these topics, but to hear them spoken somehow seems to be more effective than I would have thought. Plus, it is really amazing to watch someone in the industry revealing their process. Lots to learn!

LINKS

  1. JordanCon 2010 – Fantasy Writing with Brandon Sanderson – Session 1
  2. JordanCon 2010 – Fantasy Writing with Brandon Sanderson – Session 2
  3. JordanCon 2010 – What an Editor Does

Write About Dragons – Brandon Sanderson 2012 Creative Writing

Brandon Sanderson has made his creative fantasy 2012 creative writing course available for free online. In a series of 13 lectures (broken in 5-7 individual parts each) he covers off on all sorts of topics related to writing, the craft of writing, editing, and the business.

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The content is amazing and while it is long (c’mon, it is Sanderson, of course it is going to be long!) it is worth it.  I would highly recommending using some of the free YouTube download software (like Freemake.com) to pull the shows down overnight and then throw them on your iOS/Android device for offline viewing!

LINK: Write About Dragons | Brandon Sanderson 2012 Creative Writing (Website)

LINK: Write About Dragons – Lectures 1-13 (On YouTube)

Lastly, if you don’t know who Brandon Sanderson is…check out his amazing books:

Elantris

Mistborn Trilogy

Warbreaker

The Way of Kings

My Writing – The Phone Call

The Phone Call is the story of one woman’s past revisiting her in the future.

Length: 1 page

Genre: Fiction

Creation/Publication: 1995

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The purpose behind this story was to see if I could write a short story in half a page. I have a tendency to long stories. I was reasonably happy with the results.

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My Writing – Sea Trolls and Weird Water Witches

Sea Trolls and Weird Water Witches is the magical story of a what may happen along oceans and lakes, ponds and waterways all across the world.

Length: 1 page

Genre: Children / Fantasy

Creation/Publication: 2011

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The story was part of my 2011 NaNoWriMo collection. The original intention was to write an original children’s story every day (between 1,700-2,000 words) for the month of November. I made it through only a few stories before I realized how challenging it is to write kid/children’s stories. The word count, length, choice – all became a huge challenge for me.

Enjoy one of the few pieces I was able to finish during NaNoWriMo!

The story can be read here: Sea Trolls and Weird Water Witches

If you’re interested in additional stories, check out the My Writing section for more reading options!

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A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.
  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.

My Writing – Border Run

Border Run is the story of a once-great space pilot, over-promoted into uselessness and stationed at the far edges of known space.

Length: 3 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Creation/Publication: 1994

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The story was loosely inspired by the PC game Wing Commander – which had a profound effect upon my youth. At the time I had only seen science fiction movies and read only a handful of books within the genre – so my ideas were fairly small. I decided to try putting pen to paper in this genre.

Stay on target…Stay on target!

Chris Roberts, creator of the entire series, wrote and directed the movie Wing Commander – which departed greatly from his established mythos. Curious as he was owner/writer/director for the property. It was a good popcorn flic – but could have been so much more. What was also interesting was the fact that the 3rd/4th/5th game installments revolutionized the full-motion video “movie-as-videogame” experience. They featured popular real life actors like Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies, and Thomas F Wilson to name just a few.

They all look so young!

EA (after acquiring Origin) eventually released an XBOX game called Wing Commander: Arena which had almost nothing to do with the broader universe but was fun to see some favorite elements on the tv screen. It was nowhere near as revolutionary as experiencing the PC game intro for Wing Commander 2 – Vengance of the Kilrathi for the first time. It was one of the first games to introduce fully-spoken voice within a game. The introduction is still impressive after all these years – check it out!

The story can be read here: Border Run

If you’re interested in additional stories, check out the My Writing section for more reading options!

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A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.
  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.

My Writing – Mister Meaner

This post kicks off an all-new on-going installment focused on my speculative fiction. It will contain completed and work-in-progress pieces from my youth through today.  The content will very in complexity, sophisitication and polish. The intention is to give me a reason to re-read my work, share my pieces and insights with the broader community, and hopefully connect and grow with like-minded individuals.

Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.

The first story is called Mister Meaner – written in 1994. The story is about a boy who attempts to steal a toy model from a drugstore to make good on a dare. It is a dramatization of an actual incident that happen to me as a child. 

After re-reading it, I wondered if I looked like Jayne from Firefly / Serenity with a “stupid” looking hat on my head. I have no idea how I believed I could pull off what was attempted in this story.

I must have stood out as much as Jayne did in his hat!

Close approximation of the model that was discussed in this story

The story can be found here: Mister Meaner

A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.