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David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER

 
Wulf Moon
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Just a heads up that Dave has a new book out on writing: WRITING WONDER.

The Amazon copy reads: From the time when children first began gathering around campfires, we have been seeking tales of wonder--the feeling you get when something is strange and exciting. Most of the books we read are what I call “wonder literature”, yet writing wonder is a lesson seldom taught. This book will delve into what “wonder literature” truly means and how to increase the level of wonder in your novel.

Probably good info here for your WotF stories as well. You've got to hit this big time to win!

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Topic starter Posted : September 13, 2019 6:41 pm
AlexH
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I was about to post about this, though I still have some of Dave's online courses to audit (like the Worldbuilding one), so should probably get around to that before reading more. I've been reading so much writing advice recently (like the Super Secrets thread and books recommended in the thread), my brain is frazzled, so a different medium might do me good.

Everything I've read from Dave about wonder resonates with me, so I'm sure this book will be a great read.

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Posted : September 14, 2019 4:03 am
storysinger
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Looks like a good book to acquire. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Posted : September 14, 2019 6:36 am
Helge Mahrt
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Got it right away when I saw it in the newsletter. All writing books from David have been stellar so far, so i have high expectations wotf001

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Posted : September 14, 2019 7:24 am
Henckel
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.... I still have some of Dave's online courses to audit (like the Worldbuilding one) ...

I've got those too. They're really really helpful. I've even listen to all his pre recorded calls that came with the package deal. ... was about 50 hrs worth of content with those alone. After about 10 hrs, everything seemed repetitive, but the benefit was hearing the same lessons in various context.

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Posted : September 15, 2019 10:26 am
cabarrett
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I found this book very inspiring because looking at our SFF genre as wonder stories really clarified my goals as a writer. I now recognize wonder as being dominant in what I most enjoy reading, and increasing it is not something I've seen discussed in books on general fiction writing. His experience with beginning writers leads to some very valuable content; the list of magical cliches is one example. The advice for strengthening magic systems really got my imagination firing and is very helpful in growing an actual plot out of half an idea.

My only criticisms are in line with my expectations for an inexpensive eBook. There's overlap and repetition with his other materials (resonance in writing is here as the final section).

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Posted : November 12, 2019 4:47 am
crlisle
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Thank you for the link. I am learning a lot from his books and podcasts. I have a question. How did J. K. Rowling write Harry Potter in such a way that I could not stop reading? How did she do it?

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Posted : November 13, 2019 6:16 am
AlexH
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Thank you for the link. I am learning a lot from his books and podcasts. I have a question. How did J. K. Rowling write Harry Potter in such a way that I could not stop reading? How did she do it?

David Farland talks about that in an article in his Daily Meditations ebook, which was free for signing up to his mailing list when I got it.

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Posted : November 15, 2019 4:17 am
AndyDibble
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I really enjoyed this book. It made me rethink what makes a good magic system, what Tolkien's successes were, and the importance of setting. Just before I started reading this book, I was reading another book, which was literally putting me to sleep. I started reading this book, and I read it in one sitting.

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Posted : November 16, 2019 8:28 pm
cabarrett
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This book was still on my mind when I picked up Lois McMaster Bujold's Sidelines, an ebook collection of essays and speeches on writing. One speech (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Me) is a discussion of wonder in science fiction that is very complementary to Writing WOnder.

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Posted : November 23, 2019 5:34 am
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