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.


Huge. It’s almost imperceptible how important this is. This is voice. This is ‘tude. This is greatness. This is that quality people can’t quite explain that makes a writing unique, and we all have it, but it does take practice for it to work, just like a great actor or comic or sculptor or painter, the working on the craft is also what makes it, but knowing your way of saying things, and that you do have a unique way, is special.

It’s how you write when you’re not trying.

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.

24 thoughts on “What Do YOU Think?

  1. You’re making me THINK! (how dare you LOL) ….
    How I write when I’m not trying? I’m living the story then describing it. I’m seeing it play out in my mind, then writing it down. I’m not “trying” …. it’s more like CHOOSING to open the flap on the vacuum tube and allowing myself to get sucked in, knowing that I’ll have no choice but to put it down on paper unless I want to feel on edge and unfulfilled until I do.
    When I “try” it’s torture…. like “trying” to write a synopsis (what I’m dealing with now and getting nowhere!)
    Anyway, that’s what I think :o)
    Hope to see you at Saturday’s book signing at the Carrollwood Book Swap!

    1. I will be there!

      I keep thinking there is a formula for coming up with a synopsis, a series of 20 or 30 questions you can ask in those answers drop into a format or template that spits out a winning synopsis every time.

      In fact, that might be one of our writing contest sometime. We need that.

  2. This I totally agree on. Anything works if said with the right voice and words.
    By the way, I have some primo property in the Everglades for sale. I’m telling you first. You interested?

  3. Like the song says… “It ain’t what you look like, when you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s what you’re doing when you’re doing what you look like you’re doing. Express yourself!”

  4. Thank you for this piece.
    I love the idea of not trying. It’s what happens when I sit on my old, faded red sofa under the window in my bedroom and let words fall from my fingers onto my little ipad. I then wipe around the edges and send it off into cyberspace on my blog.
    However, I am also working on a project to put together a book about being married, which just isn’t coming. It is so much harder than my blog. It feels horribly like trying. So much so that I stop trying and start blogging again.
    Will writing the book ever become as easy or as fun as writing the blog?
    Juliet Young

  5. I think The Maltese Falcon is proof of this. They made three film adaptations before they finally ended up with one that was a hit, because the other two simply failed to handle the same material as well.

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