Million Dollar Outlines

Million Dollar Outlines Bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success including such New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull Fablehaven Brandon Sanderso

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  • Title: Million Dollar Outlines
  • Author: David Farland
  • ISBN: 9781614751762
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such 1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull Fablehaven , Brandon Sanderson Wheel of Time , James Dashner The Maze Runner and Stephenie Meyer Twilight In this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can aBestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such 1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull Fablehaven , Brandon Sanderson Wheel of Time , James Dashner The Maze Runner and Stephenie Meyer Twilight In this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

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    1. Whether you're a casual writer looking for ways to improve, or a serious writer wanting to strengthen skills you already have, this book is a must. 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 includ [...]

    2. I wrote pages of notes from this book as I continue to try and improve my own writing. It goes through the top selling books and films and breaks down aspects that are common to them - e.g. the emotional draw, the mystery to be solved. Plus there's a great list of literary plot devices - timebombs, the crucible of setting, reversals, conflict, spectacle and more. I particularly enjoyed the discussion between Spielberg & Lucas on Indiana Jones and how they figured out the story.

    3. Outlines are, in fact, only one aspect of what this how-to-write book covers. It does concentrate on the big picture, like what emotion appeals work for what audiences, story structure, building (and orchestrating) characters, what sorts of conflicts are involved, and many other useful things.

    4. I watch the YouTube series of lectures given by Brandon Sanderson at Utah uni. He took over the course from David Farland a few years ago.Farland’s writing books are always a good read. At that point I recognized that reading a formed story that conforms to Feralt’s plotting outline might be a type of emotional exercise that allows us to handle stress.(Kindle Locations 270-271). And this is why some people are bored, and some captivated by the same story; people are different and they have d [...]

    5. This is the year I'm going to start working seriously on my fiction, and that's the mindset I had as I read this book. In some sense, it's impossible to tell how helpful it will be until 10 years from now when I have a career (or don't) and can see how the advice I took (or didn't) helped (or hurt). For now, the best I can do is say what seems useful.Farland's approach is, for lack of a better word, mercenary. I'm usually pretty far from the "special snowflake" kind of person who sees writing as [...]

    6. I prefer to outline books so this was something of a find as I got it on Audibles New Year's Resolution Sale. Farland has many interesting point and explores his subject matter from many different angles. As a audio book I'm not sure I got the full experience or all of the author's advice. I am considering getting this in hard copy and reading it while I listen to audio version to get the full experience. So all I can say is that if you like to write and prefer to outline, check this out.

    7. Holy crap! My brain is overflowing with knowledge. David Farland's Million Dollar Outline has more information in it than I can possibly consume in a single reading. I've made bookmarks and highlighted passages which require a second pass, just to absorb the total wealth of knowledge and information provided.This is a great book, and one I recommend to anyone serious about improving his or her craft. Normally I wouldn't have picked up this book. It's cover looks a little cheesy, the "Million Dol [...]

    8. Love this book! For a book with Outlines in the title, I learned much more about the mechanics of how and why some stories work better than others. The actual outlining portion was a mere chapter at the end. However, everything you learn up to that point gets poured into that outline and makes it shine. Can't wait to try this method to spruce up my current WIP.This is definitely a book I can see myself reading several times and absorbing something new with each read.

    9. Este hombre es un experto, es quien enseñó y propició el éxito de Brandon Sanderson y Stephanie Meyer, entre otros. Su análisis del mercado es bien contundente y la manera en que expone sus ideas es muy clara. Lo estoy estudiando detenidamente, a veces releo capítulos completos.Buenísimo, aunque tiene la mirada mercantilista que no me agrada mucho, aún así lo recomiendo para autores que quieran pensar en dedicar su vida a escribir (únicamente).

    10. I picked this book up in preparation of Camp NaNoWriMo, wanting to get some tips on how to outline well. I was disappointed. The actual outlining bit didn't start until about 75-80% through the book. To me, having that much padding before the intended topic is just not cool. The outlining info itself was okay. Not bad but not really good either and, again, far too little of the book was dedicated to it.

    11. I found a lot of the book familiar, as Farland uses much of the material in his Daily Kick e-mails. However, it's useful to read it all together rather than in bite-size chunks. The best part, in my opinion, was the appendix -- both because I hadn't seen the information before and because the discussion of Indiana Jones (né Smith) was amazing. I definitely found this book helpful and will revisit it, I'm sure.

    12. Lots of useful advice for writers. I'm not following all of it, since I'm writing for my own tastes rather than focusing on what the audience wants. But I do want to please the folks in my narrow niche so I'm paying attention. Farland did inspire me to scrap the original opening of my work-in-progress for one that better fits what the book's become.

    13. A bit jumbled, and some of the ideas feel more dated or less valuable than others. But the core insights into finding the conflicts that drive a character, and plotting those conflicts out over the arc of a story, are worth the purchase price.

    14. Great insight on creating captivating stories and characters. Contains about a million typos, which can be distracting (and I'm really not sure how that was even allowed to happen) but helpful nonetheless.

    15. I'm very much a pantser, so I appreciate this book as being full of ideas and practices on structure and flow, rather than a Syd Fieldian straitjacket of story musts.

    16. As a pantser I was initially put off by this book. The last thing I wanted wast to suffer through another torture session on how to outline. Fortunately a fellow author pointed out that there was more to this book than lessons on outlining and she was correct. Right out of the gate I learned I used more of hybrid approach than the discovery method (i.e. pantsing).I found certain chapters tremendously useful. On balance I'd say this book was about half good and half bad, but I gave it four stars [...]

    17. "I really liked it" is probably not quite an accurate description of my reaction. It would be better stated as "It was an excellent and practical book well worth reading."When I was in school, teachers were always trying to get us to create outlines of our essays and then construct the essay from the outline. I never did. Generally it was easier to create the entire essay as the outline was forming, and my rewrites were generally rather limited. That's still the case with my novels, that I have [...]

    18. Million Dollar Outlines is any writers map to literary success.David Farland, The Story Doctor, distills decades of experience into 234 pages of insightful and applicable guidelines you can't get anywhere else. He's helped authors like Brad Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Stephanie Meyer and James Dashner build the skills to become internationally best-selling authors.David dispells many myths of the literary and entertainment industry by sharing his observations over the years as an author, editor, co [...]

    19. I am often suspicious of writing craft books and won't read them unless the author has a reasonable publishing record. The author of this book has a strong publishing history, mostly in traditional publishing, and some of his students have done very well (Stephenie Meyer). This book was recommended to me as one of the better writing craft books. It didn't disappoint, it contains a range of thoughts and examples of how to ensure your outline and writing world will feel real and full.At times it d [...]

    20. I read a lot of books on the craft of writing and editing--at least two or three titles every month for the past decade or so. So many of them are long-winded and fixated on theory rather than practical experience.How I haven't discovered David Farland sooner, I can't explain. I'm glad I finally have!Mr. Farland is the real deal; as someone who has made a lifetime career of successful fiction (the Runelords series is probably his most well-known), he's not just another pointy-headed academic spo [...]

    21. The book was phenomenal and really taught the subject of creating compelling story outlines in depth. I'll consider updating this review if taking Farland's advice helps me write a million dollar outline :P stay tuned

    22. Despite the cheap bling-bling title, this book is a goldmine for techniques and storytelling wisdom. Would recommend it to any writer.

    23. I heard Dave Farland speak at the LoneStar.Ink Writers Conference ((Feb. 2018) in Dallas, Texas. Excellent book.

    24. Some good stuff there from David Farland. Even through more than 10 books on writing, this one still got some different perspective insights worth checking out. Recommended.

    25. I know, I know. The title seems a little silly. But when you learn that David Farland taught the likes of Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer, and that Farland pushed to bid on the Harry Potter series, you realize why Farland called his book MILLION DOLLAR OUTLINES. His goal is to teach writers how to fully develop their stories, such that it will find success with the widest audience possible.While this idea might bother the “art for art’s sake” crowd, I didn’t really have a problem [...]

    26. Reviewer's Note: I bought this book a few days before I heard about an accident involving Farland's son Ben. Visit HelpWolverton to read Ben's story and see how buying this book can help. Get well soon, Ben! This e-book, full of tips and tricks for writers is incredibly helpful for anyone who finds that they need a little organization and structure for their craft. David Farland (who also writes as Dave Wolverton) first goes through what is at the root of a great, compelling story and how to pla [...]

    27. I'm a pantser, which means that when it comes to writing I like to fly by the seat of my pants. This is a thrilling way to write. You never know what's going to happen next and each twist and turn leaves you breathless to write the next part. But editing a story that I pantsed, is not fun at all! When it comes to editing my stories, I often realize there's no plot, that the setting is lacking, I often have to add characters to flesh out the story, and my characters are usually one dimensional. W [...]

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