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    July - December 2020 ()
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    UserInterface7

    I often wonder if you sit at home with a drink and laugh your arse off reading these theory’s (or maybe sit the drink down very carefully when someone guesses something you have planned for the future)

    Will Wight

    Every once in a while I’m boggled at what people guess with such little information, but in general I just enjoy seeing people discussing the books at all!

    UserInterface7

    Do you ever get nervous that someone is close to a plot point, then keep reading and find out they are way off?

    Will Wight

    Yeah for sure, but despite what you might think I don’t really care if a plot point is guessed in advance.

    Any multi-book “twist” will be guessed if there are enough people guessing, and in a popular series, there WILL be enough people guessing.

    So the value of a reveal can’t entirely rely on surprise. The moment should land whether the reader guessed it or not.

    Also, I feel like people think I value surprise more than I do. Surprise doesn’t really have any inherent value.

    It would be incredibly surprising if Lindon transformed into a chipmunk and spent the rest of the series trying to steal a magical Roomba, but that doesn’t make it a good story decision.

    July - December 2020 ()
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    chrisisbest197

    This is just a guess, but I'm thinking Will will probably write Wintersteel, another Cradle book, and then start a brand new series or start writing the Travelers Blade.

    Will Wight

    That was my initial plan. Wintersteel, Cradle 9, new thing (Traveler’s Blade is still on the table), Cradle 10.

    That’s a very, very soft plan, though. We change plans all the time. And even if we write them in that order, they might come out in a different order.

    Like I could write Cradle 8 & 9 and then the new thing, but write and release Cradle 10 first while holding the new thing back.

    Point is, I don’t know. Always in motion is the future. But that was our original goal!

    July - December 2020 ()
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    Ray745

     I saw this sentence in the same chapter we first see "web of madra" used and it caught my eye

    "Well this is a lucky daym" he said, hopping down from the wall. His blond hair flowed behind him like a banner, and a simple Endorcer technique made him drift slowly to the muddy ground.

    I know of no Enforcer technique that would be able to slow someone falling. In fact, the only way Eithan, specifically, could slow himself would be with soulfire controlling aura. Either Will made a typo there or just hadn't fully mapped out the sacred arts system in his head yet, this is Chapter 5 of Soulsmith, our first meeting with Eithan, so I can't say for sure which it might be, I'd be interested to hear /u/Will_Wight 's answer to it.

    Will Wight

    It’s a construct that makes him lighter.

    Middle of chapter eight (Soulsmith):

    Eithan skipped along behind, touching down with one foot and using an Enforcer binding to launch himself far enough that he almost appeared to be drifting through the air.

    In my original character sheet for him, he used the construct all the time, and we were going to explore it in Blackflame. But he didn’t really need it, so I just didn’t go into it.

    July - December 2020 ()
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    Thelonelypartygoer

    It's repeatedly mentioned in the text of Traveler's Gate that Lirial, as a territory, is ill suited to open combat, but I don't see how to reconcile that with the Lirial powers we've seen. The ability to call Lirial crystals alone seems like it would be an overwhelmingly powerful combat ability and it's one that I don't think we've seen any good answers to from other territories. The fact that Leah easily dispatched grandmaster Endross seems telling. Is this a contradiction or am I missing something?

    Will Wight

    Leah is extraordinary by Lirial standards, though I didn’t convey that very well because of the lack of other Lirial Travelers to compare.

    They mostly have entirely utility powers. Her being able to call crystal so much and on such a scale is extremely unusual.

    It’s like you have a Bard class who specializes entirely in support magic, only there’s one specific bard who strides into battle with a flaming electric guitar chainsaw and goes around slicing dudes in half to the tune of his own sick riffs.

    If you saw that guy, you’d be like “Wait a second, who said bards aren’t a combat class?”

    Leah is that bard.

    July - December 2020 ()
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    Slogfarts

    Is Lindon's name a reference to Lyndon Hardy?

    Will Wight

    My choice of name for Lindon had nothing to do with him, sorry to disappoint!

    I’ve read his books, but they don’t have any sort of special place in my heart or anything.

    July - December 2020 ()
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    emperor_calder

    Interesting Contradictions in Lindon's FateWhen Suriel first examines Lindon's fate:

    The boy fights against a relative of his, a young man with long black hair and an iron badge. The boy cheats, releases emerald hornets, ekes out a technical victory.

    With a bulky brown pack on his back, he bends his head over a scroll, studying a Path by candlelight in someone else’s home.

    And when she shows him his fate later:

    The frozen world was wiped out, replaced with another. He was still standing on the stone of the arena stage, but the clouds Li Markuth summoned had never appeared, and the sun beat down out of a clear sky. Wei Jin Amon faced him, and though he resisted longer than anyone expected, he still lost.

    That night, he nursed his wounds alone when the First Elder barged in without knocking. The old man slapped a book down on his table: Path of the White Fox.

    Will Wight

    This is intentional. She’s showing him something that is equally likely to occur as what she saw earlier.

    The details change, but the broad strokes don’t.

    Denver Pop Culture Con - Making Audiobook Magic ()
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    Travis Baldree

    There are some mild spoilers in this section, but the major spoilers have been removed, and one character's name has been changed to protect the innocent. Just remember that in the final, published version of this chapter, there will be no character named Spoilerman.

    Transcriber's disclaimer: I had to guess the spelling of a character's name (Keilan), so it might be spelled differently in the actual book.

    Wintersteel Excerpt

    The Akura cloudship was so sleek that it looked smaller than it really was, though it had carried Lindon along with hundreds of Akura tournament visitors and their servants. Now, it hovered at the end of the dock as people boarded it again: many of the Akura family, though Lindon had seen members of the Frozen Blade School and others he didn't recognise.

    Mercy's brother, Pride, was directing most of the traffic. The short Underlord shouted orders constantly, while lifting luggage or leaping around to attend to a task himself. Lindon had tried to get his attention several times, but it seemed Pride was deliberately ignoring him. 

    Then Mercy ran out onto the dock, waving. “Goodbye, everybody! Sorry I'm late."

    She came to a halt by Lindon, grinding her staff on the stone of the dock. Immediately, Pride landed in a crouch next to Lindon. He straightened and addressed his sister, "Mercy, thank you for coming to see us off." He sounded painfully stiff, not like someone speaking to family.

    Mercy threw her arms around him. "Try to be safe, okay? Don't poke any Dreadgods?"

    "I'm not a fool." He pushed her away and glared at Lindon. "Is there something I can help you with, Lindon?"

    [At least he's calling you by your name,] Dross pointed out.

    Lindon looked over the ship. "Apologies, I only wondered exactly where everyone was going. I heard something about a Dreadgod?"

    "The Wandering Titan has made his way to the edge of Akura territory. We go to protect the people and to drive away the vultures."

    Lindon had read about the Titan. "You mean, Abyssal Palace?"

    "Of course Abyssal Palace!" Pride sounded like he was speaking to an idiot. "But there are always scavengers around a Dreadgod, not just the cults."

    Naru Saeya passed them, a huge trunk floating on wind madra behind her. She bowed to the Akura, who both commended her on her performance in the tournament. As soon as she could manage, she escaped the conversation and pulled Lindon over to the side.

    "When you make it back to the Empire," she said, "present yourself to the Emperor. You have done us proud."

    "Gratitude. If you don't mind me asking, why aren't you coming home?"

    She rubbed her thumb and fingers together. "The Akura family is paying a dragon's ransom for Lords and Ladies who can fight over the Titan. If you can slip away from Eithan, you should join me. And so should he, if he ever gets the chance."

    Lindon thanked her as she waved him off and joined the rest of the passengers. She was half a head taller than most everyone else, and the peacock feathers over her ear made her stand out even further. Most of the eliminated Uncrowned competitors seemed to be aboard, so Lindon had a new question when he rejoined Mercy and Pride.

    "Why do they need Underlords?"

    Pride made a dismissive sound, "We need Lords more than anything—controlling the populace, defending our claim, herding refugees, clearing the land of natural treasures before the Dreadgod razes it. Honestly, you can't afford to be this badly informed."

    Lindon's usual annoyance with Pride swelled to anger, but he kept a façade of polite behaviour. He pressed both fists together: "My apologies that I was not born into a Monarch family."

    "It doesn't matter if you were born into one or not, if you want to join ou—"

    Mercy pushed both of her madra-gloved hands over Pride's mouth. "Ha!" she shouted, "Haha! Good one." 

    It sounded nothing like laughter, and she shoved Pride so that he stumbled back one step. He looked genuinely confused.

    "Well, we don't wanna keep you from your work anymore," Mercy continued, "Stay safe. Tell uncle Fury I'll see him soon, and I'll join you as soon as I can, okay?"

    Pride straightened his outer robe. "See me after you win." Then he strode away again, already barking orders.

    [Maybe he'll be eaten by a Dreadgod,] Dross mused.

    Lindon didn't want to spend any more time than necessary around the man, but he didn't wish Pride any harm, just some humility. Mercy put her hand on Lindon's shoulder and spun him around so they were walking through the wind, and back toward their jeweled tower.

    "So, did you know Spoilerman could fight like that?" she asked, and Lindon got the distinct impression she was trying to take the subject away from Pride.

    "You've seen as much of his ability as I have. He might still be holding back."

    She looked doubtful, but shrugged. "Could be. I don't see him performing much better without advancing to Overlord, but if he has anything else in his pocket, he'll be a tough one to crack. I'll need practice."

    "Apologies if this seems rude, but I've never seen everything you can do either."

    Any opponents Lindon had seen Mercy face had either grossly outclassed her, or hadn't pushed her to her limit. He still didn't know what her Book of Eternal Night was capable of.

    "You will soon," she said cheerfully. "I wish I could invite you to watch me train, but a lot of it happens inside my book so it's pretty boring to watch. But if they match me up against Sophara, you'll get to see every card I have to play."

    "What about Yerin?" he asked. He had been curious about this ever since Northstrider had announced that Yerin and Mercy were going to face each other in the fourth round. That had ended up being a lie, but he had still wanted to ask Mercy how she rated her match-up against Yerin. Though he was interested in the genius Underlady of the Akura clan's opinion, it would have been insensitive to ask earlier.

    Mercy’s face fell and she dragged Suu along the ground for a second. “Yeah… I'm hoping I don’t meet Yerin until the finals. It’s hard to enjoy the competition when my mother’s life is on the line, you know?”

    She hadn't fought her fourth round yet, but Lindon noticed she had no doubts about winning. He also noticed that she hadn't answered his question.

    “Six fights left,” Mercy said. “Six days. After that, the Uncrowned will be taken away for a month of Sage training.”

    Lindon gave a heavy sigh. He'd heard about that already. Mercy was waiting for him to respond, but when he didn't, she pressed on. “So, you have the rest of the week with Yerin, what are you going to do?”

    They had reached the door of the tower, but Mercy turned to watch the cloudship which was still loading.

    “I’m not sure,” Lindon said, watching the people bustle around the deck. “We need to spar a few rounds, there are a few ideas I have to work out before our match, and I know she has to be more comfortable with her Final Sword—”

    Mercy's staff cracked against the top of his skull. He flinched back, and the violet gemstones eyes of the dragon-headed staff hissed at him.

    “What are you going to do with Yerin?”

    Lindon took a slow step away from the staff. “Of course, I’m going to train with her everyday. She doesn't have a minute to waste, and Dross and I can help.”

    She closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

    [She is trying to say,] Dross began, but Lindon cut him off by speaking. “I know what you're trying to say, but I’m telling you the truth. That is what I’m going to do with Yerin for the rest of the week.”

    He wanted to work out his feelings for Yerin and he wanted to do so with her. Her month of training with a Sage felt like a punishment looming over him. It wasn't so long ago that he had been dragged off to the Akura family for training, and he hadn't enjoyed being separated from her then.

    Now, he didn't even have a new goal to occupy his time. But her leaving was the right thing, he knew. They needed every advantage they could get to win the tournament. 

    Mercy’s purple eyes slowly opened. “I hear you. Now, pretend that there was not so much at stake. What would you do if everything was calm and you had plenty of time?”

    He examined his own mind. It was embarrassing having all this pulled out of him in public, but Mercy was a friend, and she was only trying to help.

    “I would want to try doing something together, with her, just for fun.”

    It felt like a shameful admission, but it was clearly the right answer because Mercy shone. It looked like she was about to start hopping up and down. “There it is, so you do do things for fun. I would have lost that bet.”

    “I don’t usually," he said defensively. “I don’t wast—”

    “I know, I know, shut up. Listen, you had the right instinct. This week, invite her out to do something—just the two of you.” She leaned uncomfortably close, looking up at him to make sure she had his full attention. “Not training. Nothing that could conceivably lead to advancement in the Sacred Arts. Do you understand?”

    Lindon’s face was hot. This whole conversation was an exercise in agony, but he could easily imagine hearing the same thing from his sister, or his mother. His father would tell him that anything other than working was a waste of time—but even he had ended up married.

    "I will invite her, but her time is so short as it is..."

    “Lindon, I promise you, I promise you, that a few hours off will not do Yerin any harm at all.”

     

    ***

     

    Therian Nills was an ordinary man. He had started as a farmer and the son of farmers and he still boggled at the twist of fate that had brought him all the way to the Uncrowned King tournament. He had been born on the Rosegold continent, but far enough away from everything that the great houses were nothing but distant rumors to him. Then, the Weeping Dragon had brought down the sky.

    Therian had lost everything before the Stormcallers found him. They follow the Dreadgod around, capturing its unique madra in themselves and using its divine techniques to steal the madra of others. They sheltered him, taught him, and trained him. 

    He had a knack for it, it turned out, although you wouldn't know it from looking at him. Even his Underlord transformation hadn’t changed him much. He still looked like the son of a farmer: tall and gangly with sunbaked skin, and hair the color of mud.

    The combat training had built an entirely new set of muscles on him, but his appearance still couldn't be compared to these beautiful carved statues of the men and women he was competing against. Most of his competitors looked like they had been sculpted by the heavens themselves.

    But over the course of the tournament, his confidence had grown. Thanks to the power of the Weeping Dragon, he had been made as good as they were. He could keep up with any of them. Or, at least, most of them.

    He sat in his waiting room, unable to control his nerves, bouncing one leg and squeezing his fingers together as he stared at the stone door, as though he could keep it from opening with the force of his gaze.

    “I’m just glad it won’t be the Dawnwing,” Therian said for what might have been the fifteenth time.

    His sect brother and team member, Keilan Archer, darkened. “I don’t know how someone like him is allowed to fight Underlords.”

    Therian had been too young and too newly inducted into the Stormcallers to be sent to fight against the Dawnwing sect, but Keilan had been there. He was older than Therian by almost ten years, and he looked like he belonged in the tournament.

    He was thick with muscle, his goldsigns crackling around thick biceps. The scripted rings of blue-gold lightning looked like they were about to burst off. His hair was blonde so pale that it was almost white, and he had a scar across one eye socket. He had seen battle. He belonged in places like this.

    So do you, Therian reminded himself.

    Keilan smacked him on the back of the head. 

    "Focus. Sharpen yourself, you carry the power of the Weeping Dragon with you; the power of the Sage of Calling Storms. If you go no further, you are still top sixteen of all Underlords in our generation."

    The encouragement worked. He breathed deeper, his madra cycling more easily, his leg going still.

    “And you will go further," Keilan continued, "you were meant to fight Ziel, but they're changing the match-ups, so we know it won’t be him. Whoever else is out there, our battle plan remains the same: you will leave them in the sand and you and I will meet again as Uncrowned.”

    Keilan Archer thought Therian could fight alongside him. Therian held that golden thought as the door slid open.

    He called his weapons, a pair of long spears that crawled with smooth yellow light, and focused his madra. The rings around his own arms crackled as the noise from the crowd reached him.

    The arena was covered in irregular stone—uneven footing, with fist-sized rocks lying here and there. Lightning swam like snakes overhead, but didn't dive to the ground.

    Across the stadium, he faced a man who appeared to be in his early twenties, with dark and messy hair falling around a pair of short, green horns that glowed faintly even in the light. He wore the expression of a man who had walked a thousand miles, and might collapse at any second. Only dust and apathy in his eyes. A gray cloak fluttered on his shoulders and he dragged a massive two-handed warhammer behind him as though he could barely support its weight.

    Therian and his opponent saw each other at the same time.

    The enemy's eyes slowly went from utterly dead to alight with rage. The warhammer gradually rose, inch by inch, lifted in one hand until it was propped against his shoulder.

    Keilan clapped Therian on the back. "Top sixteen."

    “Ziel of the Dawnwing sect chosen of Northstrider. You face Therian Nills of the Stormcallers, chosen of Reigan Shen.”

    Therian had heard the heavenly messenger's command. He knew he couldn't give up, but he wondered: if he stood there and let Ziel kill him, would his death be painless?

    One more look at the burning fury in Ziel’s face and Therian shuddered.

    Probably not.

    Therian hefted his spears and prepared to fight for a quick death.

    Footnote: This is a Wintersteel Excerpt spoken at the Making Audiobook Magic panel. Transcription done by hello_navi and JINNI.This is an unedited first draft and is subject to change.
    July - December 2020 ()
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    Kris

    The Uncrowned timeline is all over the place, specifically about Yerin and Lindon's calls.

    Will Wight

    This timeline thing was interesting!I pulled up my Uncrowned timeline, and I compared it against what's in the book, and I figured out what the issue is. Well, what the issues are.1.) "five times in the last week"That was just me using "the last week" as an approximation. Of course I know every other day for a week =/= 5, but in my mind Lindon wasn't being precise.I still should have phrased that better to prevent confusion, though.2.) It hasn't been just one week, it's been months.That week he was referring to wasn't the first week, it was the latest one.I had intended to convey that BY showing that the fight against the other Underlords is the next day, so it's clearly been months, because we established already that this wasn't going to happen for months. And then I have Dross refer to the effect the calls are having on his mentality like they've been going on for a while.But!The transition between Charity handing him the construct and then cutting to him talking on the roof suggests that very little time has passed, and then the only specific amount of time I refer to IN THAT SCENE is a week.I was relying on the fight with the Akura Underlords being the next day to be that concrete anchor in time rather than saying "X months later," and then him being in a different place with different clothes while they all talk as though a lot of time has passed to be subtle details that supported that.But the quick transition followed by using the word "week" implies that it has only been a week in a way that I didn't realize.Interesting! I've learned something to look out for! Thanks!

    July - December 2020 ()
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    Madeline

    I would love to see more of Lindon updating the Path of Twin Stars manual, like he did in the first few books. Not having that seems so weird, given that a big part of his background is the fact that up until the last few years he was not considered worthy of being taught a Path, and now he is forging one of his own. It feels like him taking a moment to write down what he's learned is something that was cut in the editting process, but in the process, the Lindon of the last few books has gone through changes that don't make sense, as there's never a reason given for NOT having those scenes anymore. Even a throwaway couple of paragraphs of "wow the last year or so has gone by in a blur and I haven't had the opportunity to update this even though I was previously determined to add to the Path manual immediately to get my thoughts down right away, it seemed like with the later techniques I really should perfect them first" would go a long way towards explaining what otherwise makes no sense.

    Will Wight

    That's actually a good example of something that I don't think is necessary to explain at all.In Uncrowned, he takes notes on things several times. In Underlord, he's repeatedly referring to and studying notes. And in all the previous books, we've seen him again and again take notes on everything he learns.Why would that be shown every time?To me, this is like having a character with a beloved car, and in the first few books there are specific scenes showing him in the car. In later books, those scenes don't show up as much, because he's established as someone who loves his car.I don't see those reminders as particularly necessary.

    July - December 2020 ()
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    True Ruler of None

    What are the chances that in the process of writing 7 books of Cradle the conclusion and outline in Will head of OKAK changed ?

    Will Wight

    Tbh, the scenes with Ozriel are now a lot less elaborate than they were in the original outline.   As I originally envisioned, all the pre-chapter text in Kings was going to be excerpts from a conversation Ozriel was having with Sector 11 Control. Where they had brought him in because the Elders were loose so he was supposed to erase the Iteration, but he kept jerking them around as Sector Control became more and more panicked over the course of the book.   Until they finally appeal to another Judge who basically goes “Idk guys, we can’t control him either.”   And then only at the end does the situation become dire enough for him to actually be willing to do his job, and then the good guys resolve it right before.   I actually wrote out most of that conversation screenplay style.It’s saved on my phone from my original OKAK notes from 2015.My only reluctance for [releasing] that kind of thing is that it wouldn’t be edited at all. It’s literally off-the-cuff dialogue thoughts from 2015. And I know you might say “Oh that’s okay, we don’t care, any content is interesting!” but there will always be that guy who goes through and points out the issues in the comments.   There’s always some guy.
    July - December 2020 ()
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    Kommunist Keth the Kandra

    Ok so hear me out on this one. I've been noticing a trend in will's books. first we had traveller's gate. orphan main character. Then Elder Empire. Calder only has his mother. Then Cradle. Lindon has both parents. next series traveller's blade or something will likely feature both parents as well as another parental figure in simon, unless im drunk again

    Will Wight

    No joke, I try to switch up how many parents the main characters have to avoid the “every hero is an orphan” thing.By which I mean yes, the next main character I write will be born from the fusion of six individuals who all combined their DNA in a cloning spell gone wrong.

    YA Buzz Book Club Q&A ()
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    Questioner

    Have you ever received inspiration from dreams you had, and then wrote a storybook about it?

    Will Wight

    Hmm.  That’s interesting.  So, I have very much received inspiration from dreams.  That absolutely, totally, happens.  So every once in a while I’ll dream something and I’ll have this vivid… not that I… of course I have this vivid memory of the dream, I generally don’t write down the whole dream, maybe just whatever part of the dream I thought was cool, if it’s an image or a character or a setting, or even a feel, and I write that down in the notes I mentioned earlier, but I don’t write down which ones came from dreams, I just kinda throw it into the pile with all the other ideas I have.  I do use those ideas later in stories.  I can’t think of anything I did that was explicitly from a dream.  I can think of ideas I wrote down that are from dreams, but I can’t think if any of them made it into books.  I’m sure they did.  I’m sure at some point I did, because I’ll dream about something, I’ll put it in the notebook, and then I start a new book and the notebook comes out.  I wish I had a specific example for you, but I don’t.

    YA Buzz Book Club Q&A ()
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    Questioner

    I do a bit of writing too, but whenever I get to a part of the plot where I get stuck, I start thinking ”Oh, my characters actions don’t make sense, they don’t correspond with where the story is going.”  How do I get my characters and plot to make sense?  I don’t know how to describe it.  Does that make sense?

    Will Wight

    Oh yeah, that totally makes sense to me.  That’s one of the main things you have to work on in editing, is make sure your characters actions are consistent.  So, this a bit off topic, and I’m going to come back and answer this question directly, but readers expect consistency with the real world, except where noted, people expect consistency with the genre, and people expect consistency with the world.  So, what that means, is unless you have magic or aliens or something, people expect the world to act like the world does.  So, they don’t expect people to be like, “Yeah, and then I just walked on the walls for a while and then walked away.”  And people will be like, people don’t walk on walls.  So, they expect that.  Unless you note it.  If you give this person the power to walk on walls, and then they walk on walls, no problem.  Then people expect consistency within the genre.  So, people expect a sci fi book to have aliens and not magic, and they expect a fantasy book to have magic and not aliens.  And then, people expect consistency within the work, which means when you establish something within the book or the movie or the story, then that shouldn’t be violated later. 

    So, a lot of times, what you’re talking about is called character consistency, and so, when a character does something or acts something that is contrary to their previously established desires, motivation or skill set, that is probably what you are talking about., I would think.  And the great part about this is, the solution to this is the same as the solution to almost any other part of the story, which is finish the manuscript.  So the funny thing is, that sounds flippant, but I’m actually very serious.  That is the solution.  The solution is you don’t fix it in the moment.  You go, “Crap, I’ve got a problem,” and let’s say your at the end of chapter 10, and you realize at the end of chapter 10, your illiterate sea captain is reading a book.  So you write that down, and you leave a note for yourself at the end of the chapter, and you go “Crap, this guy can’t read.”  And you make a little note, and you say from here on out, I’m going to say he wasn’t reading.  I’m going to forget about that; I’m going to say the book is gone.  So now you start chapter 11 and he doesn’t have a book anymore.  But later, you have a little note there.  Later, when you’re done with the book, go back with your editing, and then you’ve only got one scene to fix and not an entire book.

    So what you do, if you notice your characters are acting inconsistently, you notice your characters have done something that, “Oh crap, that ruins the plot,” you then go “OK, what should they have done here?” and you make a quick little note, and from here on out, you proceed as if they have done that.  So, he shouldn’t have killed this girl here.  So now I’m going to proceed as if she’s alive, even though I have already written the scene in which he murders this person.  So then for the rest of the book, you are proceeding as if this girl is alive.  Later, you have to go back and change it so that he doesn’t kill the girl.  Or, a couple of chapters later, you go “Nope, he should have killed her,” so then you do it again.  You make another note.  And you go yup, he killed her after all.

    (responding to a comment in chat) Yes, it is violent.  I’m sorry.  This is a murder mystery and she was alive the whole time.

    But yeah, that is the idea.  Leave a note for yourself, and fix it when you are done.

    YA Buzz Book Club Q&A ()
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    Questioner

    I have a quick questions about your childhood (inaudible).  Did you always want to be a writer, or did you want to be something else when you were younger?

    Will Wight

    I… it’s hard to say, right?  ‘Cause on the one hand, I have always, always, always been into reading.  I was into reading, I was into books, that was my whole thing.  I just read books all the time.  I got into trouble constantly for reading books.  My parents would have to come into my room and make sure I wasn’t reading books under the covers.  So books were always something I was really interested in.  But I didn’t necessarily… what I remember is in middle school, really starting to think, “People write these.  Maybe I could write these.” 

    I was in the national spelling bee as a kid, so in 7th and 8th grade I earned my way to the national spelling bee.  So, I was really good at spelling and grammar and words and just English in general, so I was just always good at that.  I generally, I just write clean first drafts; a lot of writers don’t but I generally do.  So, I knew I had that skill set, then in middle school I started thinking maybe I wanted to write some books.  And I wrote a few little stories, for class and stuff like that, and I liked that, but it was embarrassing, and I didn’t want anyone to read it.  And then in high school, that’s when I really started saying, “Yeah, I want to be a writer,” but I didn’t… I was just really scared of letting anyone read anything I’d written.  That was just something, I didn’t want anyone to read it, because I knew it was bad.  So, it wasn’t until college that I was really faced with the reality of, I have got to actually write something if I want to do this for a living. 

    So, what I was doing until then, even in high school, is I was mowing lawns.  I started, initially I borrowed my dad’s lawn mower and I went door to door in my neighborhood and looked for lawn mowing jobs, and then I ended up borrowing money and buying a better lawn mower, so I ended up having a real lawn mowing business that I paid for college with.  So, I didn’t take out any loans for college.  I mowed my way through college; cut some grass.  And so, I was doing that for money, and just to support myself.  I didn’t have any passion about lawn mowing (I don’t know who does really) so that was just hard work to get myself through college.  So, the whole time I became, I just learned on my own more and more about writing and what it takes to become a writer.  And then in college that’s what they talked about, and the more I learned, I thought yeah, this is what I want.  I’m passionate about stories and I’m passionate about words.  That’s where I want to be. 

    So, I kinda just sorta… slipped into it I guess?  It wasn’t, it was always my area of giftedness and it was always my area of interest, but it’s not like as kid I was like, “I’m definitely going to write a book.”  I was still just very scared to show anybody anything I had written, so I could always not quite picture giving it, handing a manuscript to somebody and seeing “read this” because I knew it was going to suck because I wrote, so of course it’s going to suck.  So that was always my feeling, until eventually I did take the plunge, and write some stuff for school.  So that was my journey.

    YA Buzz Book Club Q&A ()
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    Questioner

    How do you make original characters?  How do you design them?

    Will Wight

    That’s a really good question.  I like questions about character design a lot, because that is one of the things people don’t talk about very often.  They talk about character development, but they don’t talk about character design.  So the distinction here, as I’m going to talk to everybody is character development is how the character grows and changes over the course of the story;  it’s how the story affects the character, whereas character design is how you decide how to create the character in the first place, so there’s a lot of aspects to that and I could talk about all afternoon.  The bottom line is there is a trick I picked up from an author called Jim Butcher, who wrote Dresden Files; he did a ___ journal years ago where he talked about some of his writing tips, and one of his writing tips were tags and traits.  What these are, are things about the character that they come back to throughout the story in order to make the characters memorable and vivid on the readers mind, both visually and in terms of their personality. 

    So, tags are words that are used in association with the character, and traits are aspects about the character.  The best example of this is Harry Potter; J.K. Rowling is really good at this.  So, with Hermione brown frizzy hair is one of her tags.  Every time you hear about someone with brown frizzy hair it’s Hermione.  And one of her traits is bookishness, this teacher’s pet sort of thing. So, her trait is, so they don’t say ‘teacher’s pet’ every time Hermione is introduced, but she is always the teacher’s pet.  She always the one with her hand in the air, and she is always the one answering the questions.  So that is one of her tags and one of her traits.

    So, in terms of Ron, the Weasley family is the only ones in the book ever described with red hair and freckles.  So, everyone in the books who is on the Weasley family, red hair and freckles.  So, whenever you see somebody in the books with red hair and freckles, it’s the Weasley family.  Whereas you know they are not the only ones in the world with red hair and freckles, but they’re the ones, that’s how you remember and recognize the Weasley family.  And one of their traits is they are poor, but they are happy and they get by.  I don’t know what to call that trait, but their poverty, or their lack of resources, especially in contrast to Harry, is how they stand out. So, they are making the best with what they have, because their finances are stretched and they have a bunch of kids, where as Harry is alone and has a ton of money. So, they are using hand-me-down wands, and patching up their stuff so these are all traits, …, these are very memorable traits and tags to attach to your characters.

    So, what you are trying to do when you are creating a character, is come up with tags and traits that make them stand out from the other characters in your story, and that whenever you reference them, the reader remembers, “Oh right, that’s that guy.”  So, every time they talk about Ron’s red… every time you see red hair moving through the forest, you go “Oh, right, I remember what Ron looks like.”  And you don’t just remember the red hair, you remember your whole mental picture of Ron.  So, every time you refer back to one of these unique traits or tags, you remember the whole character.  It’s a really great tip.  So, I recommend looking that up.  Tags and traits.

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    True Ruler of None

    Will you make a Patreon?

    Will Wight

    I would make a Patreon if I figured out a good way to provide some extra content to people without slowing the books down.

    The books are profitable already, so I’m not doing a Patreon just to produce the books, because I don’t need it. But I know people enjoy and engage with Patreon, so if I had some other content I could give to patrons that they would like, I’d do that...as long as it didn’t slow down book production.

    All the ideas I have for fun, regular content updates would take me book-writing time to produce, and I don’t want to delay books for everybody in order to produce short stories or whatever for patrons.

    Which is why I don’t have a Patreon.

    Lashann

    I feel Patreon treats fans unfairly and separates us into groups of have $$ and have not$$. For many teens in college it is hard to buy ramen noodles - forget Patreon. I think selling a book with goodies for slightly higher price is a good way for folks with $$ to support Will. I always read on KU and a week later buy the book. Hope it helps some.

    Will Wight

    It absolutely does help; thanks a lot!

    I don’t think Patreon is inherently unfair. In theory, it’s about supporting artists who otherwise couldn’t afford to create art (or not do it full-time). It makes sense for the people who pay to receive some kind of reward for their support.

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    bamfious

    Mercy's 4th Technique is called "Dream of Darkness"

    Will Wight

    Funny story about that: I immediately regretted naming that technique in Uncrowned.

    I don't like technique names that also contain the name of the aura, because then you end up with weird phrases like "She wove dream madra into the Dream of Darkness, which projected dreams into the darkness using dream aura and darkness aura and dark dreams of Dreamdark, the dreamiest darkest dream that ever dreamed a dark dream."

    So when I was actually writing this technique in Wintersteel, I came up with a way cooler name for it: World of Night. And then I remembered I already revealed its name in Uncrowned (taken straight from the character sheet I made for Mercy's Path like three years ago), and I tore out my hair and burned all my clothes in regret.

    EDIT: Also yes, the Book manages the extra aspects. She harvests only shadow aura, and her Book has a limited supply of other aspects that she can use initially, but she’ll eventually use that up and have to cycle more from the environment. Everything other than pure shadow is stored in the Book, not her core.

    bamfious

    Damn. It’s just one single line from one simple Sage....

    Can’t Mercy alter it herself and make it different ?

    World of Night is cooler.

    Will Wight

    Oh man, you’re right, I might do that.

    It’s Charity’s technique, too, so that could add extra weight to Mercy going “Yeah, but...no.”

    Kandra

    So, mechanically, could you say that each page of the book acts as a second core, almost (but not quite)?

    Will Wight

    I have a technical answer and a meme answer.

    Technically, it stores madra in the same way that any construct stores madra. Each page’s store of energy is used to power the binding on that page and that’s it.

    Meme-ly, yes Mercy has eight cores.

    Will's Life ()
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    Questioner

    No, not the Simon from Travelers GateI'm talking about apprently the strongst animne character, stronger than Saitama and Goku.Its Simon the Digger from Gurren Lagoon.Here is a link explaining himhttp://aminoapps.com/page/anime/4368923/simon-the-strongest-character-in-anime

    Will Wight

    First of all, I'm a little insulted that you thought I needed a link to know who Simon from Gurren Lagann was.

    Why do you think the son of Kalman is named Simon?

    However, I do have an answer to this matchup.

    1.) Simon the Digger vs. Suriel

    Personally, I don't subscribe to the theory that Simon and his various Gurrens are actually growing big enough to hurl galaxies like Frisbees. Having that literally happen would break way more rules than the series accounts for, most notably gravity. An existence that enormous would measurably affect every object in every galaxy, destroying most if not all life.

    There's evidence to suggest that Simon and the Anti-Spirals have actually ascended to another dimension superimposed over their own, and it just happens to look like a colorful version of the universe speckled with galaxies. So they're fighting in their own sealed-off space, so to speak, and they're visible in Earth's atmosphere because of a plot-convenient rift overlooking their battle.

    In that case, Suriel banishes him beyond time and space.

    However, if we go with the explanation that everything in Gurren Lagann is literally happening, we have to explain HOW. How are they battling on a universal scale and using galaxies as individual, solid objects instead of the vast collection of gravity-caught particles they effectively are?

    There's only one answer: Spiral Energy. Which means that Spiral Energy is in effect the power to break the laws and rules of existence. The power of chaos. The power that defies the Way, which is the source of Suriel's authority.

    In other words, dealing with entities like that one is literally Suriel's job.

    Someone else would fight Simon and destroy him--Razael probably, Ozriel if the damage was too bad and they needed to burn everything to the ground. Then Suriel would come into the world and fix what could be fixed. That's her role.

    The problem with Suriel fighting him directly is that everyone ELSE would die. The first thing she would do is re-establish the logic of the Way, which means gravity would have its usual effect again, and then the galactic combatants would instantly collapse into singularities and all inhabited planets would lose alignment and be destroyed.

    Will's Life ()
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    Questioner

    When reading TG Chronicles, The first Queen died as the Hanging Tree sucked her dry when trying to seal Rhalia.

    How come when Leah tries to seal Zakereth she isnt sucked dr?

    Will Wight

    During the Chronicles, the first queen is using her blood to feed the Hanging Tree a sacrifice.

    Leah doesn't get to that point. The Tree would have needed a blood sacrifice to power it very soon. In seconds, in fact, or Zakareth would have just broken free.

    But Simon decapitates him before that becomes necessary.