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On Editing Your Novel

Over twenty-five years ago I began editing professionally. I began by doing volunteer work as an editor for literary magazines, but my first job was

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Appealing to the senses

Appealing to the Senses, part 1

Envision a reader picking up your novel. As she begins to read, she hopes to be transported into a story, one that is rich and detailed, one that takes her away from her own place and time. Now, as she reads, she may be sitting in her living room, while a turkey bakes in the oven, and a fan rotates overhead. She may have been worrying about her sister’s sick dog, and perhaps a sore throat.

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Don't Stress Out

Don’t Stress Out!

One form of writer’s block comes from being stressed. This is almost always a temporary condition, and there are ways to work around it, but

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Into The Swamp

Into the Swamp

Very often I like to think of the writing worlds as a swamp. A big swamp infested with crocodiles and quicksand and rattlesnakes, and deep

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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 editing novel
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

On Editing Your Novel

Over twenty-five years ago I began editing professionally. I began by doing volunteer work as an editor for literary magazines, but my first job was

Read More »
Appealing to the senses
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Appealing to the Senses, part 1

Envision a reader picking up your novel. As she begins to read, she hopes to be transported into a story, one that is rich and detailed, one that takes her away from her own place and time. Now, as she reads, she may be sitting in her living room, while a turkey bakes in the oven, and a fan rotates overhead. She may have been worrying about her sister’s sick dog, and perhaps a sore throat.

Read More »
Don't Stress Out
Free Writing Tips
David Farland

Don’t Stress Out!

One form of writer’s block comes from being stressed. This is almost always a temporary condition, and there are ways to work around it, but

Read More »
Into The Swamp
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David Farland

Into the Swamp

Very often I like to think of the writing worlds as a swamp. A big swamp infested with crocodiles and quicksand and rattlesnakes, and deep

Read More »
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
Daily Kicks
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 »