NOOOOO! Not Clive James! Clive James is dead?!?!!
Oh wait, no he isn't. Sorry. Minor panic. Take your time. Looking forward to your return and some more detail on who's passed and the contrast between them. @The Gem Cutter
Brandon Sanderson is clearly heavily influenced by his study of Korean, but one can't help but notice the pictographic nature of the "Aons" in Elantris which can be (were?) used as a language (by ancient Elantrians?). The 'Allomancy' symbols in Mistborn appear pictographic, but there's definitely more of a pattern in how the spiky and circular brushstroke elements make up each symbol when they're compared to the Aons. They're more like Korean
. The Aons are revealed at the end of Elantris to correspond to Geographic or constructed features. (Is that a spoiler? I don't think so? It's just trivia and hinted at early on in the book.) There'll definitely be more detail about how that works, and the relationship between geography and personal names and powers when Sanderson releases the eventual sequel.
Now the stuff going on in "The Emperor's New Brains", sorry, I mean "The Emperor's Soul" seems directly related to Buddhist mandala patterns which originated in India. The idea of carving such a complex pattern into a stamp is interesting. Each person or personality equals one pictographic character.
I keep seeing relationships between Sanderson's language and magic systems and Chinese / Japanese characters. Even in "The Rithmatist". But maybe I just don't know enough about Korean
I'm always on some sort of roast. Nothing is sacred. I'm like the Jeff Ross of my apartment. Unless Jeff Ross was in it. Then I guess he would be.
I really should listen to Writing Excuses more but I have trouble finding patience for Podcasts because I like to have music blaring around me.
I really want to know more though. Can you hit me with more specific bits of advice Sanderson's given that you strongly disagree with?
Does he approach planning his novels the way those Robert McKee devotees start movie scripts following 'the formula', instead of just writing and then using knowledge of 'the formula' to help adjust parts for dramatic effect?
"Some things we plan, we sit and we invent and we plot and cook up, Others are works of inspiration, of poetry..."