Striking the Motherlode

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Well, I have a gift for you today. NO, it’s not a book. Phew!

A friend of mine shared a link with me, and when I opened it, I gasped. My knees turned to syrup, and I wiped tears of delight from my eyes. I’d struck writing gold.

Brandon Sanderson, the highly successful author of Mistborn and The Way of Kings fame, teaches a master’s level class at BYU for fantasy and science-fiction writers. The class is so popular that only a small number of interested students actually get to enroll. In response to the flood of despair, the entire series of winter lectures were videotaped and are available on YouTube at zero cost.

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You don’t write sci-fi or fantasy, you say.

I will assert, while skipping in circles with excitement, that the ideas he presents are 99% applicable to all fiction writing. He covers a broad range of choices and approaches, and rarely lays down any hard fast rules. Writers will fill up their brains with ideas while being told to discover what works for them.

(Just to warn you, he does hate passive sentences and has an odd aversion to the word “replied”).

Now, this is a ton of material that includes not only invaluable lessons on writing, but also on how to pitch, sell, and market a book. He’s tidily listed the lessons by content so it’s possible to pick and choose what you’re interested in learning about. The complete listing, with links to each lecture is here: Brandon Sanderson Writing Seminar.

Enjoy!

91 thoughts on “Striking the Motherlode

  1. Reblogged this on kyrosmagica and commented:
    Reblog of Brando Sanderson’s writing Youtube Seminars from D.Wallace Peach of myths of the mirror. These will keep you out of mischief for a very long time!

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  2. Wow this is amazing, he’s a great writer thanks for sharing, looks like a reblog to me..

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  3. Reblogged this on The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones and commented:
    Excellent information from D. Wallace Peach!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. K'lee L. says:

    I can’t say thank you enough for this gift! I’m just seeing this post so I’ll be heading to class soon. Wow!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sheron says:

    I watched all of them and really enjoyed them. Thanks for spreading the word.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely have to check out the clips (after work, of course!).

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  7. Really helpful for a lot of people.

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  8. You are a Rock Star! Thanks a ton for sharing this 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Erik says:

    I really have found the best of “social” through your posts and reader comments, Diana. Feels like people just being real about their passion – exactly as simple and wonderful as it should be.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Belinda Crane says:

    Thank you for sharing this D 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Cool! Thanks so much for the information as I am considering writing anywhere from one to three books, hopefully the latter! 😉 ❤

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  12. Mira Prabhu says:

    Reblogged, thanks so much!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Mira Prabhu says:

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    I picked up a fantasy novel but never read it until very recently, when i really needed an escape after a death in the family…then I simply could not put it down. A world so lovingly created…a harsh and elitist world operated by masters running a slave population…the author is Brandon Sanderson, the highly successful author of Mistborn (he novel I refer to) and The Way of Kings fame…check out his tips on writing by scrolling down for a link…and don’t forget to read this great post along the way too! Thank you Chris Graham!

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  14. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Great information and completely free. Thanks Diana.

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  15. Reblogged this on Wendy Anne Darling and commented:
    I can barely believe the wealth of resources that D. Wallace Peach has found here! A veritable cornucopia of lectures from Brandon Sanderson, all free on YouTube! Although he’s a fantasy and sci-fi guy, these lectures are 99% applicable to all fiction writing. How often do you get a chance to experience so much knowledge for free?

    I have a lot of studying to do. Thanks so very much, Ms. Peach!

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  16. Reblogged this on Riley Amos Westbook and commented:
    A good resource for any author!

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  17. What a treasure you’ve found, Diana. This is the kind of resource I’m always looking for. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Damyanti says:

    Thankyou for sharing this resource– will hop across and read it!

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  19. Is it best to start with the 2012 lectures or does it seem to matter? Thanks for sharing this. Looks like loads of good information.

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  20. No wonder you were skipping with joy! That’s seriously excellent news! If it’s free, it’s for me!

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  21. Wow…that’s quite a resource ! ☺ Van Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable information.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Dawn D says:

    Hey, thanks! That’s going to be very useful to me!

    Liked by 3 people

  24. blondieaka says:

    Wow ..thank you, anyway must go on my way to U-tube 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  25. kdrose1 says:

    Wow is this awesome. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Liked by 3 people

  26. Sacha Black says:

    Amazing find thanks for sharing 😊💖

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Nurse Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Diana. Will definitely check it out!

    Liked by 3 people

  28. I a still fascinated by the amount of support going on, one Author to another. I’m amazed that a best-selling Writer has been generous enough to make help available to we who cannot afford higher education, too.
    Thanks for posting so others can benefit from this awesomeness!

    #WriteOn!
    — John

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  29. philipparees says:

    Very generous on all fronts! Thank you. Nice quick sessions to absorb.

    Liked by 2 people

  30. orangepondconnects says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Liked by 4 people

  31. Carrie Rubin says:

    Thanks so much for the link. I’ll definitely check it out. How generous of him to put it out there for free.

    Liked by 3 people

  32. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    You will LOVE this FREE course 😃

    Liked by 4 people

  33. That’s awesome! Plus, I *do* write sci-fi and fantasy, so… 😀

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  34. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    As D. Wallace Peach says.. a gift.. free masterclasses via YouTube by Brandon Sanderson #fantasy and #sciencefiction. Thanks Diana

    Liked by 3 people

  35. Lidy says:

    Thanks for sharing this 😄

    Liked by 3 people

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