- File Size: 4069 KB
- Print Length: 502 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC; 1 edition (June 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LDOM8A2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology Kindle Edition
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Here's how it works:
Brandon Sanderson gets with his author buddies and says, "Hey guys, I want to write book about magic birds." And then they talk about his idea and turn into a story. Of course, they are recording everything they say and they transcribe their conversation. Brandon writes a rough draft of the story and brings it back to his buddies to read. With the record button pushed, they tell him what's awesome and what's not awesome and then transcribe that conversation. He writes another draft of the story, takes careful notes of his changes, and produces a final version. The final version, a really fabulous short story called "Sixth of the Dusk" is published and put at the front of the book. In the back of the book are all the different conversations and drafts that led to the final product.
Then each of his author buddies go through the same process, put their finished products in the front of the book and the production notes at the end.
The finished result is Shadows Beneath, and it's the best peak under the tent I've ever seen regarding the writing process and what goes into producing an awesome story.
The four final, polished short stories in Shadows Beneath are worth the price of admission alone. They were all very entertaining. But the really cool stuff is in the back, where we get to watch this whole process unfold from idea to finished product. I especially liked reading the cuts of the first drafts that include the cross outs and additions that the stories went through.
It's a fascinating book that goes beyond the story. Check it out, I predict you'll be as impressed as I was.
The answer: brilliantly.
Ok, really brilliantly. I'm a lawyer. You can trust me on this.
Seriously though, the podcasts were interesting, and the finished stories really pull things together. I was surprised at how strong they were.
Sixth of Dusk (Seven of Nine?) completely edits out huge hunks of story to wrap the entire theme together in a better package than where it starts. The full moon (ok, not the real name), foreshadows and completes itself. Afghanistan makes an appearance and in a way that won't make the story locked into an era or time years from now.
And Howard Taylor hits all the numbers, dropping his tag line, editing his work and showing some dramatic professionalism in how he rewrote.
Ok, so I haven't really reviewed what is going on.
Each of the stories has a beginning: a brainstorming session. They have the rough draft, edits and the final.
You can start with the final (or, you can start with the podcast, which is what I did) or you can start with the rough draft. But it makes it clear where the idea started, how it was roughed out, and just what a strong edit and feedback group response can do for a story.
The moment the price came down below my "I won't buy that" price (I'm annoyed at the extra price for digital works I can't resell, don't really own and that don't have the price of print -- I'm willing to pay for editing, just annoyed at digital works that cost more than paper), I bought it and I'm glad I did.
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