Character and Plot in Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings”

***Warning: This review contains spoilers.*** I really dilly-dallied my way into reading The Way of Kings. It's hard to put my finger on why. I know I love Brandon Sanderson. I owned my copy for almost a year before I finally started reading it, and I had half a dozen friends telling me that I … Continue reading Character and Plot in Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings”

Creating Complicated Characters: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

No one does character complexity better than Shakespeare himself, so if you can get yourself past the iambic pentameter and the nitty-gritty English 101 details, we can learn a lot from his works. Though it is one of his lesser-known plays, The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra is no exception. Image Credit: Wikipedia. Cleopatra, by John William Waterhouse, 1888. … Continue reading Creating Complicated Characters: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

Brandon Sanderson’s Slider Model for Character Development

As part of this blog, one of my goals is to give you good writing resources that I wish I'd learned about a long time ago. One fantastic resource is the Writing Excuses podcast. I cannot recommend it highly enough for any writer, regardless of where you are in your journey. Hosted by Brandon Sanderson, … Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s Slider Model for Character Development