What Do YOU Think?

I’m interested in getting your thoughts about stuff I see and hear, quotes I read, stuff that passes as knowledge – and starting an authorey conversation.


I always thought it just mean to be a radical. Woo! Party! Get drunk and write, you radical party guy! No, it means write with abandon and then edit with austerity. Be flat out crazaaay when you write. Make up words. Express every feeling no matter how embarrassing, then edit it – not to remove that stuff, but to make it legible and poignant.

When CP’s see paragraphs and say it touched them or that they identify with a passage, often it came from this type of abandon that was later refined. I should do it more.

What are YOUR thoughts on this idea?

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USA Today bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 50+ titles published in more than 120 countries and over a dozen languages.

15 thoughts on “What Do YOU Think?

  1. I bought a keychain with that motto on it in New Orleans. I thought it was a great reminder of my own authorial philosophy: even if it’s shit, get it on the paper. Editing is for later. I’m right there with you.

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      1. It’s definitely when I feel the most vulnerable about what I wrote that I get the most positive feedback from readers. How you’ve shed clarity on this oft-seen quote really speaks to that in me. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. To me it really depends on voice. If I’m in a POV where the character or narrator is exuberant anyway, all the better. But if they’re more measured, maybe even uptight, it doesn’t help me much to write drunk. I don’t think so anyway – perhaps I’ve never really given it a go. *hurries off to write with abandon*

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  3. Writing drunk is fine. It’s clicking “publish” that’s the problem. So – disconnect from the web first, THEN drink, THEN write. Oh, and make sure a trusted adult is holding your phone.

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