Friday, April 23, 2010
Having fun in Atlanta! The weather is good, the people are welcoming. Well worth the agony of the 20 hour flight and 31 hours with no sleep.
Last night I had dinner with Brandon, Harriet and Maria and the other wonderful people making major contributions to JordanCon who were able to attend. Since the Con is yet to start proper we didn't talk much WOT. It's true. It was more of a meeting or reunion.
Brandon did talk about the way he works though, especially regarding writing WOT. He stressed that he doesn't know the minutiae of the series like RJ did. Nor does Brandon store the details of any of the worlds he writes about in his head, he prefers the computer. He leaves his headspace free to concentrate on the writing and the characters’ personalities and motivations. For WOT, Brandon learns what he needs to write sections of the series, writes them and moves on to the next sections. That’s how he works. The WOT world isn’t his world and would take a lot of study to master all the details, and that would delay the books.
What RJ could do and did do, answering all sorts of questions about details on the spot, was precious and irreplaceable. Moreover RJ had a lot of information about the series written down, but a lot more was in his head.