True or False?



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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.

36 thoughts on “True or False?

  1. I agree. If I waited until everything was right or I was in the right mood for writing, I would never get anything done! Sometimes, I force myself to sit down and write, even if I’m not in the mood, and I find that within 15 or 20 minutes, I’m in the mood all of a sudden! Sometimes, all I need is that little push.

    I’ve read other bits of advice (can’t remember where, sorry) that said you should make yourself write every single day, even if you don’t want to and even if it’s for a short time. I’m more inclined to agree with this than anything that suggests you should wait until the timing is right.


  2. Clearly false: shopping lists, signatures on forms, the myriad other times we write.

    And, even if you take a narrow definition of writing, serendipity happens. I’ve had more than one ideal moment.

    Certain forms, such as death haiku, can only be written without forcing it.

    Getting a career as a published writer requires pushing through even when you aren’t feeling like writing – but writing isn’t just being published, or even just having a finished manuscript. And, whatever the overlap, acknowledging the difference makes it much easier to understand and apply advice.

  3. If you want your house purple, you can’t wait for the right time. Seriously, when is it the right time to paint your house purple. If you wait to long you’ll be too old to imagine it any other colour than white. Time waits for no one. Why wait for time.

    1. When we had to decide what color to paint our house after we finish building it, we absolutely could not decide. We probably tried eight or nine different colors – buying them and painting them on giant pieces of plywood and holding them up to the house to see what was the best color – and we decided on white because we couldn’t decide. You are so correct in what you are saying!

      1. I only had myself to please. The last thing my husband cares about is the colour of his house. I picked one colour and ran with it. All these statements also hold true about writing. You need to please yourself first, who cares what your…(husband) thinks…think of an idea and run with it. Btw. Sorry about the paint analogy. It’s spring so that’s what I’m thinking about right now.

  4. Yep, it’s the difference between writers and authors. Everyone’s a writer, but you have to condition yourself to work through a lot of BS to finish something and somehow get published. haha

  5. I think all the preceding comments are great. The writing every day is good advice too even if it’s not a lot. By the way I just got finished painting the inside of my house purple.

      1. Dear Suzanne,
        The downstairs is light lavender but the hallway and bedroom are pretty bright. Kind of a grape but with more pink than gray or blue tones. I love it. It makes me feel calm.

        1. Greens look good with purples. So do oranges of the same tone, if you want to spice things up. Sounds pretty.

  6. TRUE! I travel 45 weeks per year. My writing space is often uncomfortable airport seating, hunched over on the plane, or in the hotel with a loud television blaring next door. I’ve written six books in two years and I wouldn’t have written a page if I waited for ideal conditions. In fact, my nice quiet office at home is probably where I write the least.

  7. I try to remind myself that I will never be younger than I am right now and will never have more time left in my life than I do right now. Every minute I wait, I’m older and have less time left.

    That either drives me to write, or drives me to drink. Some days both.

  8. I have written drunk (ish) and I can’t stop writing! 🙂 But the saying is so true. I find I have to be in the mood and when I feel like that nothing gets done. Or, if I sit down to start I find a myriad other things to do instead.

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