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Time to Get Serious

Time to Get Serious

A lot of people “play” at writing. We tend to think of it as a hobby or a pastime. But I sometimes wonder how much

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Is my novel too long?

Is My Novel Too Long?

I got this question once about writing large novels. We may all ask a variation of it, is my novel too long? How precise can

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Persistence

Persistence Is Key

There is a myth among the general public that the greatest writers are born with uncanny innate talents that average folks dare not aspire to.

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How to come up with a plot twist

Turning Points

Whenever you have a story that seems too predictable, look for ways to add turning points.  If a character is trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B, figure out how to force him to go to point C first.  If he thinks that he understands someone else’s motivations or goals—say those of a lover or killer—surprise the reader with a twist that casts the story in a new light.

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Writing Hyper Realism

Writing Hyper Realism

So how do you write a “hyper-real” scene?

There are several keys.

Select unconventional images to propel the scene forward.
Appeal to powerful emotions such as love, fear, anger, guilt, and so on.
Be careful to apply your poetic sensibilities to every line.
Make sure that you appeal to all of the senses.

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Writing A Series

Writing A Series

Every week or two, someone asks me whether their first novel should be a standalone or if they should begin a series. The answer to

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writing with authority

Writing with Authority

In judging some stories for a contest recently, I had to ask myself some tough questions. I found one story where I loved the concept

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Grounding the Reader

Ground Your Reader

Today I’m going to discuss a bit about what I call “grounding” the reader. Quite simply, grounding is the fine art of letting the reader know what is going on. In order to ground your reader, you need to focus on some basics: Who is in a scene? Where does it take place? What is the major conflict?

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How to write style and tone

Choosing A Writing Style and Tone

Unfortunately, there is so much covered under the umbrella of style and tone that it would take a good long book to deal with it. In fact, I’ve read several good books on the topic, and I can’t cover it all here. Choosing a writing style and tone is not a one time decision. 

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How to write emotion

How Should You Write Emotion?

As we write, I suspect that we try to express the world as we see it. In other words, those who are emotionally dead inside will portray protagonists who are very much like themselves, while those who are emotionally charged will try to portray people with rich and powerful interior lives, and both can be a problem.

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Tighten the focus of a novel

Tightening Your Focus

Tell the story from that person’s point of view. This is especially true if you have multiple protagonists, because it means that you will need to characterize those people by showing just how differently they relate to the world. Seeing the word through their eyes and being immersed in how that character thinks and feels, requires tightening your focus. 

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Why Write Fantasy?

A hundred years ago, if a writer were discussing and writing fantasy, he would have used the term fantasy that way. Today, when discussing fantasy as a literary genre, we often are discussing a branch of literature.

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What is Your Story Really About?

When you write a story, it may seem to be about a character, in a particular setting, struggling to overcome a problem. But if that is all that your story is really about, it will fail. So what is your story really about? 

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Time to Get Serious
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Time to Get Serious

A lot of people “play” at writing. We tend to think of it as a hobby or a pastime. But I sometimes wonder how much

Read More »
Is my novel too long?
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Is My Novel Too Long?

I got this question once about writing large novels. We may all ask a variation of it, is my novel too long? How precise can

Read More »
Persistence
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David Farland

Persistence Is Key

There is a myth among the general public that the greatest writers are born with uncanny innate talents that average folks dare not aspire to.

Read More »
How to come up with a plot twist
Daily Kicks
David Farland

Turning Points

Whenever you have a story that seems too predictable, look for ways to add turning points.  If a character is trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B, figure out how to force him to go to point C first.  If he thinks that he understands someone else’s motivations or goals—say those of a lover or killer—surprise the reader with a twist that casts the story in a new light.

Read More »
Writing Hyper Realism
Daily Kicks
David Farland

Writing Hyper Realism

So how do you write a “hyper-real” scene?

There are several keys.

Select unconventional images to propel the scene forward.
Appeal to powerful emotions such as love, fear, anger, guilt, and so on.
Be careful to apply your poetic sensibilities to every line.
Make sure that you appeal to all of the senses.

Read More »
Writing A Series
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Writing A Series

Every week or two, someone asks me whether their first novel should be a standalone or if they should begin a series. The answer to

Read More »
writing with authority
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Writing with Authority

In judging some stories for a contest recently, I had to ask myself some tough questions. I found one story where I loved the concept

Read More »
Grounding the Reader
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Ground Your Reader

Today I’m going to discuss a bit about what I call “grounding” the reader. Quite simply, grounding is the fine art of letting the reader know what is going on. In order to ground your reader, you need to focus on some basics: Who is in a scene? Where does it take place? What is the major conflict?

Read More »
How to write style and tone
Creative Writing
David Farland

Choosing A Writing Style and Tone

Unfortunately, there is so much covered under the umbrella of style and tone that it would take a good long book to deal with it. In fact, I’ve read several good books on the topic, and I can’t cover it all here. Choosing a writing style and tone is not a one time decision. 

Read More »
How to write emotion
Daily Kicks
David Farland

How Should You Write Emotion?

As we write, I suspect that we try to express the world as we see it. In other words, those who are emotionally dead inside will portray protagonists who are very much like themselves, while those who are emotionally charged will try to portray people with rich and powerful interior lives, and both can be a problem.

Read More »
Tighten the focus of a novel
Daily Kicks
David Farland

Tightening Your Focus

Tell the story from that person’s point of view. This is especially true if you have multiple protagonists, because it means that you will need to characterize those people by showing just how differently they relate to the world. Seeing the word through their eyes and being immersed in how that character thinks and feels, requires tightening your focus. 

Read More »

Why Write Fantasy?

A hundred years ago, if a writer were discussing and writing fantasy, he would have used the term fantasy that way. Today, when discussing fantasy as a literary genre, we often are discussing a branch of literature.

Read More »

What is Your Story Really About?

When you write a story, it may seem to be about a character, in a particular setting, struggling to overcome a problem. But if that is all that your story is really about, it will fail. So what is your story really about? 

Read More »
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Time to Get Serious
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Time to Get Serious

A lot of people “play” at writing. We tend to think of it as a hobby or a pastime. But I sometimes wonder how much

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