Stormlight 4 Update #4, Plus News Roundup


Today, Brandon posted another update on Stormlight 4 on Reddit. He's finished Part One of the book (which is 111k words long), which, assuming the book is about 400k words long, is about 28% of the book. Brandon is modestly confident in a 2020 release date, but he did warn that if the book needs more time, he will take it. 

He went into a detailed analysis of word count and evaluating how he's doing in order to be done with the rough draft by January 1st, which is essential if the book would release in 2020. You can check out the numbers yourself, but he worked hard to make up some lost time, but also lost some time when he toured in Germany. (We reported that in Germany he got to write some of the Sixth of the Dusk sequel, but Stormlight writing requires a lot more focus than he do when traveling. So though he's 33k words behind what his target would be to be done January 1st, he's optimistic.

Brandon's next step is to work on a revision of Part One. Though this puts him a bit more behind--just about a week's worth--it allows for his editor and the rest of the team to do an editorial pass. He did similar part-by-part revisions as he was writing Oathbringer, and the hope is that if he finishes writing the rough draft by January 1st, much of the book will have editorial feedback done, and he can hit the ground running with Draft 3 immediately.

He also reiterated how Book Four has more of a Way of Kings style to it, with its three different arcs hitting climaxes at different times, rather than an enormous ending. He is doing this for some variety. But, then he said that Book Five will have an ending more like Books Two and Three. 

So that's where he is. As usual, we must say how amazing and fortunate we are as a fandom to follow an author who so up-front about his process. Even if Brandon doesn't hit 2020 as a release, I'm sure it'll be because he wants to make the book as good as possible.

Other Novellas to be Done Before

There's some other news that has fallen through the cracks before this Stormlight update came out. In the Reddit thread where Brandon confirmed the Sixth of the Dusk sequel, he also spoke how he wants to write more Stormlight novellas set in between the books. He said he's hopeful to do Rock or Rysn's novella also this year, but he'll have to see. Apparently, the Rock one "kind of needs to happen." Interesting! Brandon said the Rock novella would be post-Oathbringer, with him returning to his homeland.

Brandon also said a Lopen novella would be set between Books One and Two, done "someday soon." Brandon "the many projects" Sanderson at work, folks. 

Fan Art Policy Update

Recently, Dragonsteel updated their fan art policy, and made it easier to find. Now you can find it on Brandonsanderson.com under About Brandon, but here's the direct link. Check it out and if you have any questions, email [email protected]




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Unless he writes those novellas while he travels to signings (after SotD's sequel one), I think he's gonna be hard-pressed to find the time to write all three novellas this year. Although if he does he can release them as a collection...hmm...

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The Lopen novella seems like the least essential SA novella one could think of, outside of a novella for The Stick. On the plus side The Stick's novella would be very easy to write. :) 

I'm pessimistic about the 2020 release. I'm sure he has more tours he has to do and that will put him behind. Hopeful he'll decide which novella he wants to focus on and that is released in 2020. 

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Can't wait for Stormlight 4! But what I want first is the 4th 2nd Era Mistborn Book.

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I love everything that Brandon puts out, but ... (sigh) I hope I live long enough to see SA book 10.

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Stormlight 4 can't come fast enough. I've been reading and re-reading books 1, 2 & 3 so much that it's all I can think about.

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On 6/26/2019 at 9:36 PM, Lump-wing said:

I love everything that Brandon puts out, but ... (sigh) I hope I live long enough to see SA book 10.

Well, you can add that to the list of reasons to exercise and diet every noe and then to stay more healthy. 

#BrandonSandersonStrengthensMyWillToLive

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