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Bryan Young

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Bryan Young works across many different media. As an author, he's written the bestselling comedic novel Lost at the Con, and the critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure Operation: Montauk. As a film producer, his last two films were released by The Disinformation Company and were called “filmmaking gold” by The New York Times. He’s also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post, StarWars.Com, Star Wars Insider and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! He's also the host of the popular podcast "Full of Sith."

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Bryan Young I think both contribute to pace. A book with more succinct sentences will tend to take you through more of the story and more ideas in a quicker…moreI think both contribute to pace. A book with more succinct sentences will tend to take you through more of the story and more ideas in a quicker fashion, but that's not the right pace for every story. For Breakfast of Champions or The End of the Affair, it's difficult to say I'd want a more "long-winded" bit of prose, but take Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay or Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle and I wouldn't want the longer prose to be any different.

I don't have a conscious preference between the two, though I tend to subconsciously gravitate to the shorter and more sparse, but have no aversions to the more long winded prose. It is so dependent on the story and the characters and the mood being evoked.

When you read something in that sparse style, I think when you're done you tend to focus on the overall story, like a movie, but in that longer story it draws out smaller moments and that's what you're left to digest.

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Bryan Young I'll do entire panels on this at conventions, but I think the main thing is to keep writing no matter what. If you're stuck on one particular story,…moreI'll do entire panels on this at conventions, but I think the main thing is to keep writing no matter what. If you're stuck on one particular story, switch to a different story until you figure out what the block is. In other cases, it comes from a needed change in medium. Instead of working on your computer, switch to your notebook for a while. Or a typewriter.

My other favorite quote about video games comes from Brian K. Vaughan: "Writer's block" is just another word for video games. If you want to be a writer, get writing, you lazy bastards."(less)
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Lost at the Con

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Operation: Montauk

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God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

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The Whiskey Doctor

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I talked this week about the fine line between being true to your art and being commercial. I also talka bit about revisions and my process for them...

If you have any questions for next time, don't hesitate to leave them here, I'll get to them on the next live stream! If you want to watch live, I typically do these on Friday afternoons around noon MST or so on my Facebook page.

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