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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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Writing Better Characters: Zootopia’s Clever Lesson on Backstory

I swear, I only saw it for the sloths.

Yet, by the end of the first two scenes, I had already learned more than enough from Zootopia (2016) to pack up the popcorn, leave the theater, and write this post.

I mean, I didn’t. I stayed for the sloths.

My point is Zootopia is a highly accessible movie that uses VERY GOOD DEVICE for writing sympathetic characters and fleshing out their motives. Thrice.

Here’s what I learned (Spoilers Ahoy!):

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