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David Farland

About David Farland

David Farland is an international New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy Author. He's one of the world’s most prominent and highly sought-after writing instructors and is also the lead judge for L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest. Over the course of the past 30 years he has trained hundreds of bestselling Authors including: Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time & The Way of Kings) James Dashner (The Maze Runner) Stephanie Meyer (Twilight) Brandon Mull (Fablehaven) He began his career writing under his name real name Dave Wolverton, when in 1986 he won L. Ron Hubbards Writers of the Future Contest. In the mid-1990s he began to follow his love for writing fantasy and Science Fiction under the pen name David Farland, where he became best known for his international best-selling Runelords series. Then In 1999 he set the Guinness Record for the World's Largest single-person, single book signing

Creating Rooting Interest Early

We develop strong rooting interest and care more about characters who care deeply about something, who are committed to something.  Perhaps they care about their families, or have a powerful love for their country.  Maybe your character loves his horse, or is uncommonly honest or honorable.

Greenlight Your Story’s Concept

In short, a story isn't just one idea, it's a conglomeration—basic concepts about characters, how and why they act, and how others react to them.  If you analyze even a short story, one that is only ten pages long, you'll find that the author makes dozens, maybe even hundreds of choices regarding milieu, character, conflict, theme, and treatment.

Rules for Your Writing Group

In our Apex writing group, Apex is an umbrella organization that provides services for a large number of writers, but we also encourage writers to do things in smaller groups. For example, some writers are having great success by meeting together for daily writing sprints, or weekly brainstorming sessions or critique groups.  Remember, a writing group is a living, growing thing. It may change over time, and your rules need to evolve with it.

Deciding What to Write

Before you start writing a novel, screenplay, or any tale at all, you should look at two things:  Do you like the basic concept? Will the story sell? In short, before you write anything, you need to take an adequate survey of the field.  

Deciding What to Write

Before you start writing a novel, screenplay, or any tale at all, you should decide a number of things: 

 

1) Do you like the basic concept?  If you aren’t excited about a novel, chances are excellent that you’ll lack the energy to finish it.  Your subconscious will rebel at the idea, and you’ll

David Farland’s Writing Tips: Heating Up

First off, let me explain that any one person might fulfill several roles. In other words, you might be able to fill three or four roles. Just as you can be a loving father, a tough soldier, and a devoted son to your mother, you can fill any of these roles listed below. In fact, to some degree you have to fill all of them. Yet if you are in a group with others who help support you, you may be stronger together than you are apart.

David Farland’s Writing Tips: 20 Hidden Costs of Publishing

I often hear indie authors—and authors in general—demonizing publishers for doing a poor job of marketing books. The usual complaint is that publishers “Don’t spend a dime on promotion.”

But that isn’t true. Publishers often make huge investments on books, but the author never sees or hears about it. That’s because the investments are usually made in part with what we

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

When you’re writing a novel, you may create a protagonist who is “heroic,” or one who is an “anti-hero.” But do you know the difference between the two?
A heroic character is typically likeable. That means that he is often in pain—perhaps both physically and emotionally scarred. He also cares deeply about others, enough that he tries to become a

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