How Brandon Sanderson Motivates His (Incredible) Main Characters

I can’t stop telling my friends about Brandon Sanderson’s books.

The last six hours of my life were dedicated to finishing Words of Radiance, the second book in his epic Fantasy Series, The Stormlight Archives.

Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

This dawned on me as I neared the climax of the story: 

Sanderson writes deceptively simple characters. They’re easy to follow, yet surprisingly deep.

Let me show you how Brandon Sanderson writes compelling characters with powerfully conflicted motivations:

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7 Secrets to Powerful Character Motives

Characters with Powerful Motivations will steal your clock.

  • They’ll reach up
  • pull it off the wall
  • and smash it.

When you can write a character with a strong motivation, you will steal hours away from your readers…

…and take them on exciting, emotional journeys that they will never forget.

Ready to see how it’s done?

These are the seven secrets to writing powerful character motivations:

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5 Ways to Describe Characters (without Describing Them)

5 Ways to Describe Your Character (Without Actually Describing Them)

How do you describe your characters?

Here’s an amazing writing trick:

Go to the mirror, write what you see, and…

…never, ever do that again. 

Because describing your characters with a checklist is BORING:

  • Her eyes were brown
  • And her hair was brown
  • Even her teeth were brown
  • She really should brush more often

If you want to describe the physical appearance of your characters, go see how J. K. Rowling does it.

Otherwise, keep reading. I’ll show you how to make your characters come to life…

…without writing dull, immersion-breaking, “this is how they look” paragraphs:

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How To Write Characters From Different Cultures

How Can You Write Diverse Characters (without Stereotyping)?

In this age of extreme opinions, it’s hard to write diverse characters…

…which means you should write them anyway.

We live in an age where the most dramatic opinion always gets attention:

  • Extreme social justice movements on one side
  • And horrendously disrespectful ideologies growing (should I say mutating?) on the other

Right now, writing about other cultures and backgrounds feels like a minefield.

Should you write characters from outside your own background or culture?

…and how do you do it?

In this article, I’ll give you a few guidelines to navigate through the minefield.

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19 Best Writing YouTube Channels

19 Best Writing Channels on YouTube

You might be surprised by all the “hidden gems” for writers on YouTube:

  • Interviews with Bestselling authors
  • Consistently updated Writing Channels
  • And even full-length Writing Courses… 100% free

It ain’t easy to find them all.

Well, it wasn’t for me.

But for you – I’ve compiled all the best YouTube Writing Channels and Videos here in one simple list, so you can better achieve to your writing goals:

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1st Law of Writing

The Most Important Rule of Writing?

Above the pearly gates in Writer’s Purgatory…

…there is a question painted gold, floating letters:

“What is the Most Important Rule of Writing?”

Ahead, a vaguely androgynous guardian stood over a marble lectern, scribbling in a book with gold-leafed pages.

When she saw me, a deep frown creased her otherwise flawless face.

She asked, “Do you have your answer?”

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