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Part Three Wrap-Up
As I promised, things pick up a lot in the next section. Still, despite its slowness, I like Part Three, as it’s the section of the book that feels the most free for natural character growth. There’s a free-spiritedness to this section of the book, where Vin is working with the crew and learning her place in things. She is forced to not use Allomancy for a while, which in turn forces her to spend more time with people. This lets us begin to establish Elend as a character.
Now, with the army’s death and the things that will happen in the next few chapters, the book can’t really be the same. Things are coming to a head, and the city is growing very tense.
Since I have a little room here, let me mention something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while. Vin’s name. I realize that a lot of people read this name and think of a man—it is, after all, the name of a current action hero.
I didn’t even make the connection. When I was developing this character, I wanted something that was quick and simple. I’m not sure why, but I felt a single syllable name was important for this hero. It indicated her somewhat base, street-wise nature, I think. Simple, straightforward, but not weak.
Vin was, however, originally a boy. The hero of FINAL EMPIRE PRIME was a young boy named Vin. When I pulled some of those character concepts over to this novel, I realized that making the hero female worked so much better. Some of the original Vin’s conflicts hadn’t ever felt right—the abandonment issues, the blunt attitude. They just all worked better with Vin being female. I knew I’d written an entire book with the hero being the wrong gender the moment I tried writing my first sample chapter of MISTBORN with Vin as a girl.