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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Writing With 'Unlimited' Imagination

“I believe that it's an author's job to cast his imagination into the far spaces. Your life should - and I think it's inescapable that it will - inform your work. I'm all for using anything that can make your art better, but your intuition should be an equal partner.” – Brent Weeks

Born in Montana on this date in 1977, Weeks is the bestselling author of two Fantasy Series – The Night Angel and Lightbringer – now read worldwide thanks to releases in about a dozen different languages.

A one-time bartender, using bar napkins and other scraps of paper to sketch out his early story ideas, Weeks holds a degree in English from Hillsdale College and now makes his home in Oregon.  Noted for his “surprising twists” in his stories, he said writing is sometimes like trying to eat a grape with a fork, “It’s always trying to get away from you.”  
“It's easier for me to write certain character types because of my own life experiences,” Weeks said,  “but I find it too artistically limiting to only write about red-headed kids who grew up in small town Montana. That's really part of the fun of fantasy, I think. Our imagination is basically unlimited. Okay, that's a terrifying thing about fantasy, too.”

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