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Fan Mail Answered - Advice On Writing Successfully
Shane sent me an email and I thought I would share both his email and my advice for those that would like to write and be successful at it.
Hello Mr. Farland,
I understand that you probably receive an extreme amount of emails from fans every day, but I hope that you might have a chance to read this and maybe even reply.
I just finished reading
THE WYRMLING HORDE
and have to say that I love the direction your books are taking. I have loved the Runelord series from the very first book.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to write a book and be successful with it? Especially in a time like this, when most people don't read as much as they should.
Unfortunately, I can't give much advice via email. There's just too much to talk about.
If you want to write, be serious about it. Study books on writing, magazine articles, take classes in writing, and so on.
I used to be the head judge for the largest writing contest in the world for science fiction and fantasy writers. Over the course of the years, I noticed that most of my winners had gained advanced degrees--usually a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. You don't need a degree to make a living as a writer, but the years of study and practice paid off for these people.
Beyond that, you need to learn to look at writing as a business. This means that you work hard at it, discipline yourself, and live within your means.
I know that I make it sound hard, but really I love it. I've been a published writer for more than 20 years now, and I'm still not even close to being tired of it!
If you'd like some more adivice I have a writing advice column called David Farland's Daily Kick in the Pants. You can join from my web site.
Also, I do give writing workshops on a pretty regular basis. I'm giving one in Salt Lake City in June, and I'm planning on giving one in August in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Both of these will be short
seminars. I do give week-long workshops, but I won?t do any more of those until next year.
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