David Farland an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. is the lead judge for one of the world's largest writing competitions, and has helped dozens of writers launch their careers, including such big names as Brandon Sanderson, James Dashner, Brandon Mull, and Stephenie Meyer. Seeing his students take their own stories to greatness has become one of David's greatest joys in life.

Writing Wonder by David Farland

From the time when children first began gathering around campfires, we have been seeking tales of wonder—the feeling you get when something is strange and exciting. Most of the books we read are what I call "wonder literature", yet writing wonder is a lesson seldom taught. This book will delve into what "wonder literature" truly means and how to increase the level of wonder in your novel.



  • "Aside from being a talented writer, David Farland is an excellent writing teacher . . . reading his written advice has helped me focus many of my own thoughts about the writing process. Those who would like to learn more about the craft of writing would be wise to pay attention."

    – Brandon Mull, New York Times Bestselling Author of Fablehaven and Beyonders
  • "I still use the writing techniques he discussed, and constantly reference him and his instruction when I teach creative writing myself"

    – Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Wheel of Time, Mistborn
  • "Whether you're interested in making the transition to a professional author or are already published and wish to facilitate your move to the next level, Dave will give you the skill set necessary to make it happen."

    – Day Leclaire, award-winning, bestselling author of over 50 romance novels



Wonder not only rewards you by stimulating pleasant emotions, it makes you want more. It motivates you to keep hunting, and helps you get past established or long existing mental blocks.

Well, there are many wonders in the world. There are beautiful songs to be heard and amazing places to visit, books to read, foods to taste.

So we constantly seek wonder.

As authors, we find that it is one of the most powerful emotions that we can arouse. This book reveals some ways to create wonder and to do it powerfully.