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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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.

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.

      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.

  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*

  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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