Just came back from the Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Fan Xperience and what a blast that was! I’m still reeling quite a bit, got a ton of pictures, contacts, and most importantly, writing advice and quotes.
Every year (and half year for the FanX) I have been coming to the Salt Lake Comic Con and just geeking out over the amazing panels. I know others go for celebrities (I still regret not grabbing Nathan Fillion a few years back) and others come to cosplay (did that as well, one year) but I come to hear authors talk about the writing industry, the quest to find a publisher, agent, etc, and just the daily grind of the speculative fiction author. I hear all this amazing advice, and then… I fall victim to the biggest downfall of live learning: I forget to write them down.
Let me tell you, if you want something you’ve learned to take affect, it must either a) take action on you (learning from experience, learning from your mistakes) or b) you must take action on it (take notes, make it a habit, etc). So this year I made sure to bring my pretentious Moleskine Notebook to write down all these amazing quotes, and I wanted to share them with you. I might also post some pictures, not sure yet.
edit: looks like I decided to upload some pictures and links. If you are going to publish late anyway, might as well make it worth it.
“If you want to make a death impactfull, show what happens after, show how it affects the people left behind, left alive.” – Dan Wells, on All you Need is Murder: Death and Other Perils of being young
“Children face the same challenges as adults, they just have less decisions. Childhood isn’t innocence, childhood is powerlessness.” – Mette Ivie Harisson, on All you Need is Murder: Death and Other Perils of being young
“Star Wars resonates with new generations because it hits beats that resound with Humanity. The myths can be deconstructed. Technological versus Spiritual. The internal light versus dark conflict. The Student and the Teacher. Those with the greatest faith will prevail. The chosen one.” – Bryan Young, on The Mythology of the Star Wars Saga
“Luke [blowing up the Death Star] thought us that sometimes you must make extremely horrific decisions to take morally right actions.” – David Farland, on The Mythology of the Star Wars Saga
“Mythology is the universal language of Humanity. Story is the ‘why’ of humanity. We have to find meaning in the event so we create stories.” – Tracy Hickman, on Epic Story Structure
“A Complete story represents a human mind working through a problem (the conflict), experiencing it from every side (story arc), and it resolving in either failure (tragedy) or success (victorious hero).” – Laura Hickman, on Epic Story Structures
“Story telling endures because we can explore the height, breadth, and depth of the human conditions, through the lenses of an observer from a safe distance. Experience experiences that would be otherwise too painful to endure.” -Laura Hickman, once more.
“I will do anything for the ones I love.” – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, on Keeping Up With the Lannisters, as to his character’s motivation in the show.
“I’m just glad to be have the privilege to play a character, in an amazing show, who is still alive! (under her breath) I’m not dead yet.” – Lena Headey, on Keeping Up with the Lannisters
“I became a writer because a teacher handed me a fantasy novel. Fantasy has the power to change your life through magic. I am proud to be part of that.” – Brandon Sanderson, on the Brandon and Dan Show
“One of the rules of our writing group is to never give prescriptive advice. A rule that Brandon breaks, a lot.” – Dan Wells, on the Brandon and Dan show
“When I build a culture, I look for points of conflict: where can things go wrong?” – Brandon Sanderson, on the Brandon and Dan Show
Tomorrow expect a full blog post as I recover from the Con. Expect a full week! I am playing around with the schedule and see if I am able to keep up with it!
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