You may not have heard of Dave Farland/Wolverton (unlikely), but you've certainly heard of his students. Brandon Sanderson? Brandon Mull? James Dashner? Stephanie Meyer? Yeah, I thought so. What you might not know is that he also also judges the Writer's of the Future contest, is a regular instructor at the Superstars Writing Seminar and teaches classes through his MyStoryDoctor website. As you might suspect, he's an excellent teacher. I've interacted with him several times at conventions and he's helped me unstick some major problems I was having on stories.
If you don't follow Dave and want to be a pro writer, you need to get on that. One of the best ways to do so is to read his Million Dollar Outlines book (which I've raved about on here before). Another great way is to sign up for his Daily Kick in the Pants mailing list. The Daily Kicks have been running for years and have recently been rebranded as #WritingTips. They are a small chunk of useful advice that were in part an inspiration for the format that I use here on In Brief. Go check them out. Here are a few to get you started:
- For those considering submitting to Writers of the Future, find out the Top 10 Reasons the head judge will reject your story.
- Dave claims that one of the best ways to boost your own writing productivity is to be excited about what you write. Do you believe him?
- On the importance of having a strong tone in your writing
- Thoughts on passive voice and when/when not to use it.
- If you don't want to read all of Million Dollar Outlines, you can see a smaller post on audience analysis and what people are looking for in stories.
Y'all read these and say, "Nathan, you've said many similar things over the past few years." Yup, that's not a coincidence. I've learned a great deal about storytelling from talking to Dave and reading his books and posts. Y'all are welcome in advance.Tags: Thursday's Thoughts