For awhile now, I’ve been a subscriber of David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants. It’s not just because he’s wrote a crap ton of books. Honestly, I didn’t know who he was when I subscribed and I still haven’t read book one from this guy. Maybe that’s saying something about my lack of reading.
Back to the kick… I looked at some of his advice and it made good sense. I’ve found a lot of advice pages out there lurking in the webz, but so many of them parrot the same stupid advice. If anyone tells you to ban adverbs from your writing, run. Quickly. I have a sneaky suspicion that in order to idiot-proof writing advice so that everyone can write with a sliver of decency, the advisors have gone overboard.
David Farland’s not so much concerned with mechanics, at least not nowadays. He’s focused more on the art of storytelling, like what makes a story come alive to a reader, what makes it powerful. It’s a refreshing change of pace to see someone delve into the very nature of storytelling rather than trying to police your use of passive voice.
Unlike most advice, the daily kick comes to you in your email. That felt a bit intrusive to me at first, but I haven’t gotten any offers yet to increase my penis size, so I know he safeguards your email address. And really, when your inbox is cold and silent between the long gaps waiting for acceptance/rejection letters, it’s kind of nice to have the kick come in. Often you’ll find a good nugget of advice. Plus it lets you know your email still works.
Farland’s just now starting to migrate from the kick to exclusively cover “Storytelling as a Fine Art.” This will later become a book of storycraft. I recommend you sign up on his website, get in on it while it’s just starting. It’s free this way… and it comes to you. Maybe he’ll enlighten you on what makes a story timeless. I doubt it’s the criminal absence of adverbs.