Wednesday, February 3, 2010


For the last few months, I've had some major writers block in some of my stories. I felt as if they were missing something really important. They all had a good amount of magic in them, and some politics, but I just realized a third thing very important in making these fictional worlds.

Over the last few days, I've been reading Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson. It's very good, and it showed me that third thing I was missing. In these worlds I'd created, there was no religion! There was a god or two, of course, but I was thinking of them in more mythological ways, less as beings worshiped by the people in my worlds. Also, these gods belonged to the same sort of religion. Everyone believed in them. Reading Elantris though, I realized the illogic in that. Everyone isn't going to believe in the same thing! Being Jewish, I can't believe I didn't notice that before. In real life, I see how my religion differs from others all the time, but I never thought to include it in my writing. Adding these religions can help stem tons of new story lines, and much more to write. Thank you, Brandon Sanderson!!!


Adri Phaustho said...

Magic, politics and religion: three concepts that fit really good together. I don't know anything about the plot, but if it's something original, it must be really interesting.

Good luck! See you!

John Anealio said...

I enjoyed Elantris myself. Battling religious ideologies form the basis of a lot of great Science Fiction & Fantasy Brandon Sanderson handles it particularly well in Elantris.

If you like this sort of thing, I'd recommend checking out Kevin J. Anderson's "The Edge of The World". Religious differences make up a large part of the story.

Q said...

Brandon Sanderson is a genius. That is all.

Brian said...

Agreed. I'm reading Mistborn right now, and loving it. It has those same three elements of Magic, Politics, and Religion. Plus, all of Sanderson's characters are great. I can see why they picked him to finish wheel of time