How To Be A Prolific Writer – A ReBlog from James Scott Bell

I agree with so much of this article, it’s almost like I could have written it myself. I have, over the years, expressed just about every thought he asserts here! Therefore, the man is obviously a genius!

I urge any new writer or anyone struggling to finish their story to read it.

How To Be A Prolific Writer – James Scott Bell

Also, the assembly of a dozen writers to contribute to one central site, sheer brilliance. We need to do that. Imagine 12 authors bringing their fan base to a common site, to help broaden each other’s appeal and acquire new readers. Plus, if the blog posted weekly, each of the 12 would only have to do a post once every three months. And while The Kill Zone may be dedicated to crime novels, the post in question is about writing in general. So if you have an interest in banding together to make a common site like that with me, let me know.

First we need a cool name (and awesome banner picture). As the holidays progress, it’s an ideal time to put this together and hit the ground running with it in 2016. It’ll also be a terrific intro to the upcoming anthology we’ll do in an attempt to score New York Times Besstselling Author status (no I didn’t forget, I’m trying to finish a book here!)

Excited? You should be. There’s plenty of room for lots of great, established talent and a few newbies to talk about the early struggles, too. This is definitely going to happen.


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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

38 thoughts on “How To Be A Prolific Writer – A ReBlog from James Scott Bell

  1. I know of several other groups of writers doing a joint blog (Maine Crime Writers, Jungle Red Writers, among others) and think it’s a great idea. Will look forward to this idea progressing.

  2. Thanks for that link Dan. I shall read that tomorrow (its too late for my brain now!) but it is just what I need. I am so stopped it is incredible.
    I was prolific for moths, turning out word after word after word then BAM!
    I just stopped, so if this article gets me back my mojo then I will owe you a debt of gratitude.
    Thank you.

      1. Oh, ideas….uhhhh…I’m thinking generic genre here: The Write Brigade; Entertainment Escape; Total Fiction (Would be cool, mostly because it reminds me of Total Recall. I can see it having cool branding possibilities); The Origins; Mash Fiction; Concoctions; Smoke & Mirrors; Figmentation (a fun play on words…); A Curious Mythos. That’s all I got for the moment. Some better than others, but I do love brainstorming. 🙂

        1. You’ve already come up with more good names than I could in a year. Maybe we should have a vote. Any ideas on what images would go with these titles?

          (BTW, did I mention how awesome you are? I love it when people dive in!)

          1. Awww, shucks. That’s kind of you to say. I wasn’t kidding when I said I like brainstorming. 😀 Definitely a diver. oh! Not professionally, like as in water or sky. Erm…yeah.

            No testing the waters for me. It is all or nothing! haha

            Will think on images. You have any ideas for what catches your attention?

  3. What the hell – as you’re pulling together your band of writing mis-fits, consider me will ya? I write women’s contemporary fiction that may or may not fit into the romance / supernatural genres.

    1. i think we get a bunch of authors together and see what is common to us all. Maybe it’s simply that we’re authors, or maybe a genre emerges, but we bring together our resources and make something big happen.

  4. Dear Dan,
    After going to a writers conference, one of the things they kept talking about is how to have an on-line presence, like a web site, blog ect. I totally understand but always thought a blog contained trivial personal information, so I never wanted to do one. Who cares if I got up, made myself a cup of coffee, or if my manager was hassling me after working a 12 hour shift? But, after reading that it doesn’t have to be boring, or shouldn’t be, thanks to you and your contributors, I have to rethink everything. Thanks for the good information.

    1. It’s fun to go to a writer’s conference and connect with other writers, and to pick up some tips and enthusiasm from the instructors. I’m glad you went and then brought back some things to share with us.

      Blogging is fun, or it should be, since it’s whatever you want it to be, right? But somehow a lot of the fun can go away when you HAVE to do it versus WANT to do it.

      But we’re always here to get new ideas or share what we know, so that’s what this blog tries to do!

  5. It could work, Dan. Others have. I’d be happy to join in. I’ll have three books out by January (even if the last kills me–and it seems like it might). I’d be happy to contribute my small reader base to the pot, if it’s large enough to be of value. You can email me if you want more details.

    Ha. At the least I can contribute good punctuation. And hopefully, decent fantasy and ghost stories.

    My mind isn’t quite as fecund as Rachael’s when it comes to titles. I like her suggestions of the Write Brigade and Curious Mythos. A Band of Writers might work, because there are so many song lyrics that tie in (picture Roger Daltrey singing “I want you to join together with the band.” Useful metaphoric stuff–like thriller writers are the brass section, romance is strings, and speculative fiction the woodwinds (because they are far and away the most versatile).

  6. I’d love to be a part of it but may be too much of a newbie, with just one book out and me not really being known. Anyway, keep me in mind if there’s a free spot. It sounds like fun 🙂

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