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Million Dollar Outlines Kindle Edition
A NYT bestselling author himself, Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success.
A few include such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as
James Dashner (The Maze Runner);
Brandon Mull (Fablehaven);
Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings); and
Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
When writers languish in a pile of rejections and failed book launches, Farland sees what they are blind to--not one but many, many valid pathways forward, and an end goal that reaches far beyond publication, but to a stable career of ever growing literary success.
In this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and frame a novel to appeal to the widest possible readership, elevating its potential to achieve bestseller status. The tools found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00B9JYJ6W
- Publisher : David Farland Entertainment (November 17, 2013)
- Publication date : November 17, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1049 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #109,867 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
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I've been a non-fiction writer for the last ten years. I've always wanted to write fiction but I have never quite had the guts to do it. This book makes me feel like it's possible. It breaks the best selling code: It's packed with the author's years of experience, a hefty dose of market research and just enough story-telling to pull it all together. I have dozens of writing guides on my bookshelves and in my Audible account. This is the ONLY one I listen to over and over. If I had to throw them all away this is the ONLY one I would keep.
This book works for every genre. No matter how long you have been writing there is something in it for you. Form. Pace. Things all Best-Sellers have in common. Humor. Entertainment. (Can you tell I LOVE this book?) I can't remember how much I paid for this book but it's worth it's weight in gold. I've given it to friends and family who want to write as well. In short, if I could give it ten stars I would. It's flat-out excellent.
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I've been wanting to take a novel writing class from David Farland for years, and wanted to learn to be a more disciplined outliner for even longer than that, so finally reading his Million Dollar Outlines was a perfect synthesis. Not only did the book fit the bill for thinking through and outlining a story, it went far beyond that. David also includes an in-depth and well-explained look into all of the nuts and bolts of a good novel: from characterization, to million dollar plots, to creating winning conflict, to building emotional resonance into your story. All intensely important components of any tale that is meant to have expansive appeal to readers, and laid out in easily groked and understood chunks. Plus, it contains an added highlight: excepts from a conversation recorded in the late 70s/early 80s between Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan as they hashed out the plot for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pure gold!
I am a heavy highlighter in almost every nonfiction book I read, and here are a few of the myriad great tidbits from Million Dollar Outlines. I'm sure I'll read it at least three more times, it's so full of great advice.
"Budrys points out: if the hero does not have to make three attempts to resolve a problem, then the problem was not difficult enough in the first place."
"Every story should start with promises made—promises that you must keep."
(On creating conflicts) "If a person is at the root of his own problem, it hints at secondary problems—internal conflicts."
"Look at truly great stories and you will see this pattern emerge: The author often pulls off a complex resolution rather than working toward a simple resolution."
Top reviews from other countries
The books I have read on the subject of writing tend to fall into the following pitfalls:
1 - Having very little advice to offer so overstuffing the book with useless examples.
2 - Not wanting to give the impression of guaranteeing success as a result of using their advice so not offering any definitive action points.
3 - Being written by people with very little recognisable success so lacking the ability to provide proof that the author is worth taking advice from.
None of these issues exist in this book.
There is plenty of really handy advice that any aspiring author will want to take to heart (get your highlighter pen and notepad ready). David Farland does not beat about the bush but offers plain, straight forward advice that you can take action on immediately. Finally David Farland has proven both with his own best selling fiction and the success of some of his students (Brandon Sanderson, Stephanie Meyer, Brandon Mull and Dan Wells to name a few) so this is not just advice that has been hard earned, but it is advice that other people have taken and have proven it to be worth while.
Basically what I am saying is that if you are a writer and, like me, you feel that the resources to help you become a better writer are either extremely suspect or very hard to come by, then you need to read this book. I can not recommend it highly enough.
I started highlighting the important parts, but I ended up pretty much highlighting the whole book. It's all important!
There is no padding here. Dive in and rejoice.