David Farland’s Writing Tips: Five Strategies for Getting Started

  Sometimes you’re not in the mood to write, but you know that you should. Maybe you’ve set a goal and hope to reach it, or you’re on a deadline. Here are a “Five Strategies for Getting Started” – that you can use now: 1) You don’t know what to write? Find a writing prompt, […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips: You Ain’t No Shakespeare

The other day, I was talking to some students about defining yourself as a writer, making those inside changes that allow you to move forward with developing writerly habits, and a student asked, “At your level, do you ever get imposter syndrome?” Now, you have to understand that I’ve been writing for over thirty years. […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips: Surprises and Revelations

Hollywood loves a “reveal.” That’s a moment where a bit of information that has been withheld from the audience is suddenly revealed onscreen. You’ve seen it a hundred times in the movies, often handled poorly. In the latest movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the director opens with a tedious sword fight between […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips: Deadly Writing Sins

Anciently, monks tried to evaluate sins to determine which were the most deadly. Is it worse to compose rude Facebook posts or to funnel money to terrorist organizations?  Is it worse to eat carbs or throw hamsters into meat grinders? Obviously, we could create a hierarchy of sins a hundred pages long, and it wouldn’t […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips: “Writing for a Living”

David Farland’s Writing Tips: “Writing for a Living” As Cicero put it over 2000 years ago, “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”  What was true in Rome is true today. We’re facing a global downturn in the economy due to the Corona virus. Whenever that kind […]

David Farland Writing Tips: Writing The Fight Scene

In many novels you will have a fight scene—everything from a verbal scuffle as two people break up to a major battle, and because this is often the climax to your story, you might want to approach the scene cautiously. Years ago, with my first novel, I had one critic say that in On My […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips: “The One Great Story”

What stories affect you profoundly? Which ones are your favorites? If you had to make a list of the three most influential of stories, could you? About 15 years ago, I heard a wise publisher say that, and I’ll paraphrase, “there is only one great story. It’s the story of a young person who loses […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips: “Mental Toughness”

  As writers, we’re faced with lots of different types of stresses. It’s not always just searching for the right word in a description or trying to meet a story deadline. While working on novels, I’ve had to deal with just about everything. For example, I was once deep in writing a great scene when […]

David Farland’s Writing Tips—Writing Superstars

  When you begin writing, you go through different phases. As a “wannabe,” you may begin practicing writing as a hobby and start developing your talents. As a “first-time author” you may begin winning notoriety and further developing your skills—learning to organize your time, gauging the markets, and so on. As a “midlist author” you’re […]