Whoops — Brandon Sanderson accidentally turned Dawnshard into a novel.
Gotta love Brandon Sanderson. The dude is a compulsive writer. He exists and his books seem to just explode into the ether. Okay, obviously, that’s not the case. If you’ve been following him on social media and YouTube, you know there’s a very specific key to his success: consistency. Because he writes everyday, he is able to get a lot of words and books out there pretty darn consistently. He also has a great team he works with to handle all the other things he doesn’t need to do himself, so he’s focused.
But it’s almost become a joke that he can’t stop himself from inflating his stories. Yes, he’s known for his mammoth tomes that populate The Stormlight Archive, so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that his latest novella set in that universe has grown a bit. The novella, Dawnshard, which follows the Thaylen merchant Rysn, was originally supposed to come in at around 30,000 words. Well, according to a new update from Sanderson himself, Dawnshard is now a full novel.
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“Right now, the story sits at 57k words—which is almost double what I was planning it to be,” Sanderson wrote in a Kickstarter update for The Way of Kings Leatherbound Edition. “I guess that’s what happens when The Lopen gets viewpoints in a book. A regular novella isn’t enough to contain him. As I mentioned on Facebook right after I finished, technically that makes this a novel.”
Indeed, once you crack the 50,000-word milestone, it’s technically a novel. Sure, it’s not the longest novel in the world, but it is indeed a novel. So, instead of it serving as a little appetizer for Rhythm of War, this book is almost a mini-meal in and of itself.
And if you’ve subscribed to the Kickstarter, you’ll be getting a digital copy before the end of the month, which is great. This gives us a couple of weeks to inject Dawnshard straight into our veins before diving into another 450,000-word epic with Rhythm of War. Seriously, though, I don’t think any of us will complain. Anything that helps flesh out the story, world, and characters are okay by me.
Of course, Sanderson still has another draft after line edits in the book, so there’s always a chance it’ll get knocked down below 50,000 words, but it’ll be close either way.
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