David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his historical novel In the Company of Angels, and many more awards for his work. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords.

Farland has written for major franchises such as Star Wars and The Mummy. He has worked in Hollywood greenlighting movies and doctoring scripts. He has been a movie producer, and he has even lived in China working as a screenwriter for a major fantasy film franchise.

As a writing instructor, Farland has mentored dozens 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).

Farland judges L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, the one of the largest worldwide writing competitions for new fantasy and science fiction authors. In the video game industry, he has been both a designer and a scripter and was the co-leader on the design team for StarCraft: Brood War. He set the Guinness World Record for the largest single-author, single-book signing.

David Farland has been hailed as “The wizard of storytelling” and his work has been called “compelling,” “engrossing,” “powerful,” “profound,” and “ultimately life-changing.”

As part of his dedication to helping other writers, David writes the David Farland’s #WritingTips, an email bulletin for writers. Many authors rave about how it has helped them. Out of devotion, he provides his #WritingTips for free. You can subscribe to David’s #WritingTips here.

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  1. Jesper Schmidt

    Hi David,

    Last week I bought your “Million Dollar Outline”. It was a very informative and strong book that helped me a lot.

    What I didn’t realize when I brought it as an audio book was that I would not be able to download the diagrams that was included in the book from somewhere. My bad, but I really hope you could help me out by emailing it to me or something? I very interested in seeing the standard plot chart you mention in chapter 22, about 20 minutes in.

    Thanks for a great book and hope you can help me out here?

    Best regards,

  2. Ekaterina Sazhina

    Добрый день, подскажите, пожалуйста, когда в России выйдет третья часть трилогии “Приключения мышонка Чароврана”? Моя дочка очень переживает, не может купить нигде эту книгу. А это самое любимое её произведение.

    1. David Farland Post author

      We have the book available in English. I don’t believe the third book was released in Russian, unfortunately. I am getting ready to write the rest of the series and hope to have them all in Russia eventually. I don’t know if your daughter knows English, but you can get them online in English.

  3. Kathy Holzapfel

    When I try to subscribe to your newsletter, I get this error message: “Too many subscribe attempts for this email address. Please try again in about 5 minutes. (#8418)” I’ve tried more than one email, and same response.I hope I didn’t break it! 😉 Really enjoy your posts on writing.

  4. andrea torres

    Holaaaa desde Chile…

    no he podido terminar su saga.. aca solo han llegado 2 libros Los señores de las Runas y la Hermandad del lobo.. como consigo los otros en español??? tengo un hijo de 16 años esperando los libros y nada.. no podemos conseguirlos..

    espero pueda ayudarnos, gracias.. muy buenos sus libros

    Andrea Torres

  5. Gerda

    I’ve been trying to register on your mystorydoctor.com website and I never get the emails so I can’t complete registration. Is the emailing broken?

  6. Deborah

    Hello. I just bought Of Mice and Magic for my 9-year old son. We think there are some typos in the book and they are making it difficult for him to read.

    On page 37 is says: Ben said, trying to sound calm and reasonable, and failing miserably. “Just _me human again.”
    On page 42 it says: “‘How _-etic,” the tick, Darwin said.

    What are those dashes? If they are errors, do you have other printed versions without them that we could replace this with?

    I purchased the book, and the third book in the series, through Amazon. They are paperbacks. We have a hard cover of book 2 we found at a used book store and my son liked it so much, I searched for the other books in the series for him.

    Thank you so much.

  7. Garry Hamlin

    Was an eight-volume set of the Runelords series ever published in hardcover? (Or is one intended when the 9th volume appears?) I know that all of the volumes are readily accessible on amazon. Was looking for a hardbound set. Wouldn’t have troubled you if I knew who to contact at the publisher.

  8. Garry Hamlin

    RE: Possible 8-Volume Hardbound Runelords set for sale…. I’m not clever enough by half to know how to send you my e-mail privately, but you can use this one I have for general correspondence: GarryHamlin@aol.com. Looking forward to seeing you at GenCon in Indianapolis this August. Didn’t know your name until I saw it in the Writer’s Symposium agenda, then while researching names I didn’t know picked up the eight-volume RL series off Amazon in used paperback and signed for your classes before completing the first volume. (Busily burrowing into the rest.) Hope to learn a lot from you. Thanks for responding.

  9. Deborah

    Hello David. Have you figured out what happened with this book and what I can do to resolve the issue? Should I return it and reorder? I purchased through Amazon.

    1. David Farland Post author

      We have someone who has been looking through the book. I’m going to ask her to send her notes to my assistant who will then see what we need to do next.

  10. Deborah

    Thank you so much. Would you please ask her to contact me directly rather than through this interface?

  11. MaryJane

    Hi David

    I just read Nightingale and loved it! I was looking to read the sequel, but could not find Dream Assasssin. Has is not come out yet? If not, do you know when it will be coming out?

    Looking forward to reading more of your books!

    1. David Farland Post author

      Hi MaryJane

      Glad you enjoyed Nightingale. Unfortunately Dream Assassin is not out yet. In fact, I still need to finish writing it. I don’t have a specific date yet. I had some events come up over the last few years that put me behind schedule.


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  18. Carol

    Hi! In all of your books on writing, you name-drop many other helpful authors’ books on writing. Do you happen to have a reading list compiled of all those recommendations? Thanks!

  19. Lou Agresta

    Hi David,

    My name is Lou Agresta. My first novel from Word Fire Press is due out at the beginning of 2016, and I recently bought (and gobbled down) “Million Dollar Outlines.” It’s one of the books I committed to consuming before moving on to the next story.

    You already knew this, but I want to say it regardless: your work and this book are excellent. I’m a fan, and “Million Dollar Outlines” has already improved my writing.

    But… (you knew that was coming)… But is there any way to see examples of the various diagrams referenced in the final chapter, Writing A Million Dollar Outline? I very much want to put your 10 Step process into practice, and visual samples would help immeasurably.

    Thanks in advance!

  20. BC Crow


    This year, I’ve been getting your emails. Through those, I’ve learned about and bought some of the books that you’ve recommended on there. I especially enjoy those dealing with writing. Though I’ve devoured several of your fictional books, also. I just have to say, that you are a treasure to the writing community. I really enjoy your work, and I look forward to each and every one of your emailed blog posts.

    I’ve also noticed that you occasionally refer to yourself as an editor and book doctor. I’ve been working with a great freelance editor on my books, but I’m always hungry for more help. Every book I write gets so much better, that I can’t help but going back and realizing how far I’ve come. So I’ve been revising my first stories, and will continue doing that for a few months, but I know I’ve got a lot to learn still. I want to keep advancing my storytelling skills, and I was wondering if you ever take on any freelance novel editing. I’d love to join one of your classes, but my circumstances right now prohibit it.

    I’m currently working on my 6th novel and am looking for another editor who might be able to expand what I’ve already learned over the last few years. I can’t think of anyone better than you. If this is something you’d be willing to do, I’d appreciate an email back. I don’t know what you might charge for this service, but I’d eager to know.

    Even if this isn’t a project you want to take on, thank you for your commitment and passion to the writing. Storytellers like you, make the world a better place!


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