Brandon Sanderson Lecture #6 – Worldbuilding Part 2

Overall impression – Tremendous amount of information that is hard to quantify into notes. Lots of nuances. Definitely a lecture that needs to be viewed more than once.

Below is the notes I typed while listening to the lecture. Some of it may not make sense to you if you haven’t listened to the lecture. These are merely highlights of what I picked up on during the lecture.


Why world building?

  • Impossible made plausible
  • Theme
  • Sense of wonder and/or exploration
  • Sheer coolness
  • Cultural butterfly effect
  • Ability to approach ideas in disconnected way
  • Play God

Worldbuilding in service of story – To enhance the story.

Info dumps/conveying info – avoid encyclopedia entries

Avoid butler/maid dialogue

pyramid of distraction

abstract vs. concrete

How steep is your learning curve to know the world. What is the setting of the story and how does it enhance it.

Divide worldbuilding into two types – Physical / Cultural Pick one from each type to focus on.

All lectures of Brandon Sanderson are now linked on the Storylines page if you wish to follow along in order.


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