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    2023 ()
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    What are the limits to practicality?  (re: Cradle anime) I think the show would pay for itself after the first season (by whatever distribution platform) and you could easily get investors for the first season, either from our community or elsewhere. I'd be at the front of the list. Also, hi, fellow Central Floridian!

    Will Wight

    Hello back! I think I can see you across the swamp.

    Unfortunately, funding and making profit from an animated series are both way less straightforward than you would think.

    And even if I did come up with the money to hire a great animation studio, who’s going to write it? If I do it, that means I’m not writing books.

    Point is, it’s very complicated, and even untangling that mess takes time and energy away from producing novels.

    Footnote: This was in response to a comment from a few years ago.
    Sources: Reddit
    2023 ()
    #22 Copy


    How's the anxiety doing? Loved the first chapter. Looking forward to it!

    Edit: sorry that was probably weirdly parasocial and crossing into to personal.

    Will Wight

    Nah, it’s cool.

    This stuff doesn’t make me very anxious. Having people read the first chapter and speculate on it is fun.

    I still feel great anxiety about the book’s actual reception on release.

    2023 ()
    #23 Copy


    So far as I can tell, the 'Disciplines' of magic that he's learning are:

    1. Rituals and Binding (OG)

    2. Elemental Magic (water specifically?)

    3. Edit: it was pointed out that the Doom-y scenario he tries to use a “path finding” spell which could be divination based

    4. Curses

    5. Not enough info in the civil war scenario

    6. Not enough info in the invincible 'hero' scenario

    All the scenarios share the same sci-fi vibe where the magic is combined with technology, so I think I agree that they're all pretty similar mechanically, but each discipline seems fairly narrow/deep instead of being versatile. It should give our hero the chance to fight by switching up different schools to be able to play into what the scenario needs in a way that other characters in the verse can't while not having him just be *better* than each individual enemy at things in general. I'm really looking forward to it since it seems like conflicts will be decided by much more than just "X is faster/stronger, so they blitz" and be more of a tactical play against advantages of certain disciplines over others.

    I don't know if the limitations are as hard-coded into the magic system as Cradle's cores are, though. It seems to me that the magic being ritual/knowledge based and not really technique/feeling based indicates that the problem is a psychological one. I think that the limitation for knowing one system is that it's perspective-altering diving that deep into one discipline and you just can't really conceivably bend your mind around it another way. Like one of those illusions where you see one perspective until someone tells you where to focus and the image flips to something else. But you don't really know how to make it flip back, so you can only see the new image. I think that's why he had to live the lives/memories of his other selves. He was trying to just import the knowledge of the magic, but that wouldn't have been possible without having the perspective of his other selves.

    Will Wight

    ||I’m really looking forward to it since it seems like conflicts will be decided by much more than just “X is faster/stronger, so they blitz”

    Very vague and minor spoilers for Book 1 (nothing plot-related, just having to do with my intentions)…

    Ultimately yeah, that’s the plan, but I’ll warn you now that there’s a lot of blitzing. Especially in the first book.

    2023 ()
    #24 Copy


    Alright, be honest, is there a subtle reference intended with dying as a prisoner of war being Light Four?

    Will Wight

    It’s not, unfortunately. I didn’t notice until Andrew Rowe pointed it out. If I had noticed earlier, I would have leaned into it.

    2023 ()
    #25 Copy


    I'm curious whether waybound will start with them training or them stepping out, then flashing back to the training

    Will Wight

    You know, I did consider the flashback angle.

    I usually don’t like messing with sequential timelines, but there was an argument for it structurally.

    That way the book doesn’t go TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN - FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT since I can alternate between character and action scenes.

    I didn’t do the flashback route, though. It might have been the more elegant solution, I’m not sure, but I dislike jumping back and forth in time too much.

    I don’t mind real flashbacks—like, to a character’s backstory, or a B Story set in the past—but interweaving the present-day narrative strikes me as unnecessarily confusing.

    2023 ()
    #26 Copy


    If Eithan died when he was Underlord and under the veil… would he die for good?

    Will Wight

    Under no circumstances could anyone with Cradle-limited powers have truly killed him, but they could have “killed” him. Meaning destroying his body and forcibly ejecting him from the Iteration.

    The others would have seen him die, and it would have looked real to them. Body, Remnant, everything.

    Meanwhile, his real self would reincorporate in the Way around Sector 11 trying to figure out a backup plan. Origin Shroud intact, because mere physical violence can’t do anything to an artifact on that level.

    If he had been killed in this way, his current life in Cradle would indeed have ended, and at best he could try to avoid detection and start over with another incarnation.

    Which he very much wanted to avoid.

    If an attack on a higher level had been used, like hypothetically if someone had used Penance on him or if the Mad King had hit him with an attack, then it would have forcibly bypassed his restrictions and revealed his power.

    Which, for him, would be the worst-case scenario. “Dying” is bad, but having his power exposed would bring the Abidan.

    2023 ()
    #27 Copy


    How fast could Yerin speedrun Valinhall?

    Will Wight

    Book 11 Yerin entering Valinhall would be a cataclysmic event. She would have to veil herself to avoid destabilizing the space. It would take trivial effort to break the Territory entirely.

    Underlord Yerin would probably be the best bet for speedrunning it while still getting some benefit out of it and not completely unbalancing the whole thing.


    can we get this happening in a blooper? it would be hilarious to see your take on it. Probably just wishful thinking since im just finishing up travelers gate and would love to see the different worlds interact and how the valin travelers would view her lol

    Will Wight

    That would be a little too substantial for a blooper, I think, but it sounds like fun to write.

    2023 ()
    #28 Copy


    I know Will is crazy busy but I would love to see a collection of short snips of the series from Eithan's true perspective.

    Will Wight

    As one of the stretch goals for the Kickstarter, I promised to write spoiler-free scenes for the first three books. The sort of things you might see in an Extended Edition.

    And since the goal was so very stretched, I also promised to write at least one spoiler-FULL scene, which takes place during the first three books but which you shouldn’t read unless you’re caught up on the series.

    I’m not saying it’s necessarily an Eithan POV. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Always in motion is the future.

    2023 ()
    #29 Copy


    I stick to my interpretation that [The Iron Heart] might use 10 times as much madra per second to heal an injury but only take 1% as long to do the healing so it is a net win.

    Will Wight

    Yeah that’s the answer.

    The way I think of it is that the Iron Heart channels madra more efficiently through the Bloodforged Iron body, operating the effect faster but taking more energy.

    Overall, it’s more effective. Less energy is being lost in total due to inefficiency and the effect happens faster.

    But short-term, it drains madra from you faster because it can handle a faster transfer rate.

    Respectfully yours,

    The cold-hearted MFer

    2023 ()
    #30 Copy


    Does Cradle operate on at 24 hour day, 365 day year?

    Will Wight

    Really? No.

    Effectively? Yes.

    Meaning, I’m using the Earth definitions of “day” and “hour” and “year” for the purposes of not confusing real-world readers.

    January 2022 - December 2022 ()
    #31 Copy


    [Cradle] is sincere but doesn't take itself too seriously

    Will Wight

    Well said. And thanks!

    That’s definitely how I think of it. Sincerity is higher priority to me than taking the world seriously.

    On the one hand, I do take the characters seriously and I want them to live meaningful lives and grapple with sincere struggles.

    On the other hand, I’m very aware that this is a series about punching Godzilla in the face.


    So many series struggle with that concept. Either they have every instant be incredibly dire and epic and they just pound the reader with maximized stakes until they’re numb, or they turn everything into a joke and are unable to stay serious for more than a sentence, which kills the stakes entirely and makes the reader not care about the characters. Will strikes a good balance in Cradle. IMO, his earlier works were too far on the dire side.

    Will Wight

    Yeah, I feel like a lot of times sincerity is compromised by taking a series too seriously. There’s some integrity in the realization that “At the end of the day, this story is fantastical and ridiculous,” but at the same time, fantastical and ridiculous stories can still have real emotional impact.

    IMO, his earlier works were too far on the dire side.

    Funny enough, I agree, but I’d say it was for lack of ability, not lack of intention.

    Early on, I thought the inflated over-the-top ridiculousness of the setting was enough to signal to the reader “Don’t take this too seriously.”

    Simon’s carrying a doll and swinging a sword bigger than he is. Elder Empire is pirates versus ninjas versus Cthulhu.

    But within the world, the characters take it seriously because of course they do. It’s not ridiculous to them, it’s real life.

    That isn’t enough for someone reading fiction, though, because so often stories DO want you to take them 100% seriously. And I slowly realized that over a few years and adjusted how I presented them.

    If I were to re-write my earlier books, basically through Soulsmith, I’d highlight the inherent humor a little more. Not necessarily ramping up the one-liners, but some more beats where I signal to the reader that THEY aren’t supposed to take this as dire and brooding even if the characters do.

    Like Simon tripping over his cloak, Shera treating murder missions as the humdrum status quo, and so on.

    For one thing, I could have exaggerated how overly stiff and formal Sacred Valley people are compared to outsiders.

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    Sincerely Discordant

    Do you create side characters to cause or contribute to pre-planned events in the story or are the events inspired by side characters you want to add?

    Will Wight

    Kind of both. I mean I create side characters as needed. There's this idea that you hear sometimes where people talk about "Ah! This side character only existed to further the main character's journey or only existed because of their relationship with the main character." I don't wanna draw back the curtain on writing too much, but every single side character exists only to serve the main character's journey and that's it. They have no other purpose. That is why they're there. What you want to do is create the impression that they have their own lives and that they exist for their own purposes but they don't because it's a series. Because it's your own story, whoever the main characters are they're the ones who matter and everybody else is just there to support the stories of the main characters. I just create them as needed. I will say my one philosophy about side characters is, a lot of people believe that side characters that are emphasized or designed cool should then end up being important later and I don't necessarily agree with that. I think if you've gotta have a bartender or stable boy and they've gotta have a couple of lines you might as well make them cool looking. Sometimes I write people that people are like "Oh they're definitely come back cause you would never invest that much time in describing and setting them up just to not bring them back and have them bring an important role later." no I totally would. 100 percent. Just wanted to be cool.

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    What's your signature dish?

    Will Wight

    So I'm gonna let you in on another Will secret here, in addition to Will rants. My preferred foods are basically anything on noodles. I just love noodles. I just love them. I will make all sorts of pasta out of leftovers. I just enjoy it. 


    Will is lazy confirmed.

    Will Wight

    That is accurate, however I will say that I put a lot of effort into these sometimes because I just love noodles so much. I think probably my ideal meal would be mushrooms, onions, sausage, and some kind of seafood, probably scallops, and a brown sauce on noodles. There's probably sausage or scallops, probably not both. I don't know that I've tried those together cause that doesn't sound great. It sounds alright. I'd probably eat it. But those are my favorite things. I just like those things and I like them on noodles. I also love popcorn. Popcorn is just-I'm a popcorn fiend. I eat way more popcorn than I do Oreos, believe it or not. I like Oreos but I don't cram cookies into my face constantly. I'm not Cookie Monster anymore. That was a dark phase in my life.

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    If you could collab with another author, living or dead, who would it be?

    Will Wight

    I'll answer that question in a second, but first, I would say the idea of collaboration seems really fun to me. I feel like I would enjoy it. However, on the other side, there's the reality that it's just easier to just keep writing books by myself and it's probably easier for whoever I would collaborate with too. So it's hard to justify "Let's take longer to write one book instead of us each writing two books, like we each write one faster." It's just hard to justify.

    But if I could magically collaborate with anybody, who would I collaborate with? My obvious instinct I would say is Robert Jordan because he was just a huge influence on me growing up and I would love to learn from him. However, I don't think our styles would be particularly compatible so this would mostly be him going "Will, do this." and I'd be like "Yes sir." and then we'd just be kinda writing a Robert Jordan book and I'd be sort of happily writing on a toy typewriter in the background while he's doing the real work. A more fun collaboration, let's see... Jane Austen. 100 percent. We get the same thing where I get to learn from a master and I get to improve my skills and also now we get to have a Jane Austen novel with her trademark character relationships and well defined people in a Victorian-I guess Elizabethan, whatever-English setting. And at the same time we also get magic and sword fights. That's it. It's kinda like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

    Sam just suggested D.B. Weiss and David Benioff and then my dad stage whispered "Who's that?" That's about right. I'm gonna move on. There's nothing I can say.


    Outsource the slice of life to Jane Austen.

    Will Wight

    I'll be honest with you Liam, I would actually just outsource it all to Jane Austen. Again, it's another scenario that ends with me typing with a toy typewriter in the background while they do the real work.

    Pride and Prejudice and Dreadgods. That's it, I'll read that, I'll be honest.

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    There are authors who are prolific to a fault and make low quality, high quantity stuff while other more famous authors leave us in waiting for years to decades. How do you balance so you don't fall into either category?

    Will Wight

    That's a really good question, but my first response is there's a lot of grey area between those two things. Between the people who write a book a month and the people who don't ever write a book. There's a lot of flex in there, I think most people probably fall into the middle.

    How do I answer this without stepping on any toes? So it's not too hard to fall in between those two extremes, however, what I really like to do is I generally go "What is my experience as a reader and what kind of experience do I want to have? What kind of books have I always wanted to see?" So to me, I want a book series where I know the next installment is gonna come out in a reasonable amount of time. To me, that feels better. I enjoy reading the books more. If I don't know when the next books coming out then I don't know how to evaluate the story because  you have a lot of books that are great first books in a trilogy but bad standalones. So if you leave them waiting for two and three and four years then they've just been reading a standalone and it's not a good standalone, it's only one third of a story. So I prefer books that come out regularly. The more I write and the more I read, the more I realize "That's very important to me." So books coming out regularly is important. On the other hand, I also want stuff that I enjoy. So if I were to really dash it off and write quickly, and I know that there are some people like PirateAba, Wandering Inn, who can write very quickly at a high level, and I've struck the balance that I've struck. If I go too much faster my quality will drop off significantly. So I'm never gonna be writing the ten million words that they've written. 

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    When reading, what makes you say "This is good writing?"

    Will Wight

    When I am reading someone else's book, or watching a movie, or watching a TV show, or playing a game, I go "That was good." when the character does something that is organic to them that is contrary to what you would expect from the cliché. Or something that plays on the viewer/reader expectation in a good way, in a positive way. Not something that necessarily surprises or twists you but something where you go "That makes sense for them, I like that." It's when the characters respond organically, so let me see if I can come up with an example from Stranger Things. I still haven't watched the last two episodes so these won't be spoilers. I thought when we got the backstory from the bad guy of the latest season of Stranger Things I thought that was really clever and well done, because I had seen one thread and I had seen the other thread coming, and I had not seen how they overlapped. When I did that I was like "That was really good writing, that was good story construction, they constructed that in a way for a particular effect in such a way that even if you saw both threads coming, you still wouldn't have ruined the effect of the two crossing. Someone said, "Oh no, you've started a Will rant." That's not wrong. But yeah, I see these things and I go "That's good, I like that moment, that landed really well." Whenever they land a moment, whenever they've got this line, there's sometimes where I think the delivery is even better than the line and I'm going "Man, this line was really elevated by this delivery or this actor or whatever." That's I guess the idea, when I go "That makes total sense for the character, it's organic, and I didn't see it coming."

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    Tell the burgeoning writers why alpha, beta, and editor passes are necessary.

    Will Wight

    I feel like this gets covered elsewhere, but it is a good thing for me to mention because I'm talking about my process a lot. I've mentioned alpha drafts, I've mentioned beta drafts, so on and so forth. The idea behind telling a story is that you are trying to take what's in your head and you are trying to give it to somebody else to evoke an emotional response. That's the entire idea behind storytelling and writing a novel in general. In order to do that, you need feedback from other people. You need people to read your story, you need people to give their honest reactions, you need people to tell you how they responded, and you need to take that and evaluate it in order to understand-okay, because you can never be 100 percent on your own. You have your own strengths and weaknesses, you have your own point of view.

    If you write something, people talk a lot about how their artistic vision can't be compromised, and it's just "gotta be the way I envisioned it originally." The way I envisioned it originally is not sacrosanct, it's not holy. It's the kind of thing that you need to change and you need to alter in order to have an effect on your reader because ultimately it's about the reader. It's not about you, it's not about your experience, it's about the reader's experience. In order to accurately understand the reader's experience you have to be talking to readers that you can trust and who can give you their feedback. And of course you're gonna make mistakes. You're gonna make mistakes, you're gonna need people to catch them, you're gonna need people to see things you can't, you're gonna need people to have perspectives you don't have. It's just important for every reason but I think that's probably the concept and the principle behind it all.

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    Your Benevolent Dictator

    Did you use the method of writing that you did for Wintersteel with this one?

    Will Wight

    I've actually gotten questions like that several times, because I described my writing process for Wintersteel and then of course Wintersteel is a really good book if I do say so myself. I don't, but other people do so I'm glad. I think Wintersteel came out really well and so people want to know, did you use the same writing process? The answer is, I never use the same writing process twice. I try to iterate every time. I really do try to, every time I write a book I try to build on and improve on what I did last time.

    The focus is on not wasting time, and what I mean by that is not truly really wasting it. Truly doing something that does not lead to progress in the manuscript. Anything that I do that is lateral progress or is inefficient or is something where I was spinning my wheels trying to decide if this character's design should be red or blue, that's not helping. Anything that I do that adds to the story and is really developing the story I try to keep. The idea behind that is, prior to Wintersteel I had been writing a lot of wasted words. So I'd write 30 to 50 thousand words that wouldn't end up in the manuscript because I would be going off on a tangent and then realize "Well, that doesn't make any sense." So then I'd cut it and then I'd have to come back and start over or I'd have to write another part or whatever. [I'm] trying to stop that. I've gotten better at that every time so I think probably Dreadgod was my most efficient one so far in Cradle. So it's an evolved version of that. It's all steps on the same journey, I guess you might say.

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    Do you plan on writing a LitRPG style book at any point?

    Will Wight

    That is something that I've always kind of wanted to do, honestly. I love video games, I love fantasy novels, and I feel like a fantasy novel about video games is my dream, it's the bread and butter. But I don't like LitRPG. I've read a lot of it, I've read all the staples of the genre, I don't like it. It always feels to me like I could go play a videogame right now, why am I reading about someone else playing a video game. So if I were to write a LitRPG style novel I would be writing someone in a real world with a game-like system. But then I go, okay, so I'm gonna take this game-like system and then I'm gonna go within this real world, what would they call these things? What would their terminology be and how would that shape their culture. Then when I pad that out and plan it out I end up with something that doesn't look like a video game at all, it just looks like a fantasy series, so I've removed the LitRPG components. I don't know how to write a LitRPG that is a LitRPG and is something I would enjoy. I just don't know how to do it. I'm just avoiding it for now. Just kinda dodging it. 

    I'm not saying the genres bad, it's just not for me. It doesn't resonate with me, I know sometimes people crap on the genre or whatever, I think there's definitely some good LitRPG. Obviously there's a lot of people interested in it. I think even there are some stories I have read that I think are good stories, they're just not my thing. I don't get it. I haven't cracked the code. I don't have it.

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    Have you ever thought about writing something more parody or heavily trope deconstruction inspired?

    Will Wight

    So like a satire or a parody or a- yes I have. I really have.

    I feel like I would be more suited for that than writing LitRPG, all the time. I really want to write something that is just leaning heavy on the tropes. Okay so the original concept I was going to go with for the story that I was, I've begun writing outside of Cradle, what I wanted to do and I didn't do this, so I'm just going to tell it to you now. I wanted to do people who had saved the world, so basically heroes of previous stories that then finished their story and were then summoned into a team up into a new universe and so none of them were native to the universe, they all got summoned here and they all had completed their story but all- but each universe they came from was a totally different genre.

    So you had somebody who was like from a dark souls, completely gritty hopeless universe and then you had somebody who was from a Saturday morning cartoon, like power ranger kind of universe and I just think that would be really fun. So they're interacting together in a universe that's kind of, that kind of has aspects of all of them and they, they're- it's kind of like Into the Spider-Verse, like the the setup where you've got a spider-verse from the, you got a Spider-Man from Noir you got a Spider-Man from Looney Tunes, you have Spider-Man, and I just think it'd be so cool, that could be fun. So anyway that was more of a, it was too tropey, it was too artificial, couldn't make it work.