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.

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also known as “assume your reader is smart”

Some new authors don’t do that. Even I forget sometimes. That’s where CPs come in and say, “Hey, assume your reader is smart.”

Great advice.

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. Think I needed to read this to be honest, today! I am currently continuing to write my 17 year old WIP and I know it is wordy at times, possibly describing really mundane things, but at edit stage that will probably all come out, because readers ‘know’ don’t they?

    1. Seventeen years is a long time! That’s an investment. It would be fun to look at the writing style you had seventeen years ago and see what’s changed, how much you’ve written, the zillions of pages of story…

      Unless it’s an epic fantasy. Then you’re only on chapter two.

  2. I agree, the reader is smart, and I love it when an author writes knowing this is so. I started J.C. Sasser’s debut novel yesterday, titled, Gradle Bird. It’s Southern fiction, and is garnering great reviews. The author is pulling out colloquialisms, such as, He sat at the table in a wife beater, and of course, I knew the reference. Some writers may have added T shirt, but because Sasser did not, it made me feel “in the know.

  3. Over-description can kill the energy in a story. I’m guilty of the other side though – I need to set scenes better more often than not. CPs are good for helping with that too!

  4. I’d say it depends on the genre and the complexity of the words and their combined meanings, mixed with the subject matter. You can’t talk down to your audience but you also can’t assume they’ll make the jump between X, Y and Pikachu if the content isn’t there. Just find the right balance I think.

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