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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A lot of people have said similar sentiments. In the end, make sure you love what you wrote. everybody else can help you love it a little more, but you need to love it, so do.

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.

16 thoughts on “What Do YOU Think?

  1. I think it is true. If you are writing for everyone else to love it – most likely they won’t and neither will you. It has to mean something to you to make a difference to others.

  2. There are successful professionals who turn it out for money and for their public, and there are those who embrace controversy because it gets them noticed….annnnddd of course money.
    However for most real driving force is the love and attendant determination to produce and craft their own work.
    I spent most of the year of this current project of mine; taking it very seriously, honing, working with the characters it’s been the best writing year of my life. It may not sell even double figures….I don’t care.

  3. Interesting quote! If I may, I think that yes, the first obligation of the artist is to be true to themselves and their work, but I’d also throw out there that when writing, (especially series writing,) the writer is kind of like a tour guide, leading others into his or her world and showing them around, introducing them to new people and things- and if the tour guide leaves me stranded in a dark alley and runs away laughing, I’m not going to be pleased. If we want people to go on ‘journeys’ with us, it’s worthwhile thinking about how the events in our writing will affect our readers. (Though, in the end, the writer has to make the final call of what’s right for the story, even if isn’t going to be the popular one…)

    1. Hey, George RR Martin get you to fall in love with a character just so he can kill them and leave you upset. So there’s something to be said for that kind of stuff both ways. But as far as leaving people hanging? No. That’s something the tour guide can never do.

  4. I agree absolutely with T.C. ! Love and embrace what you’ve written only when you know you’ve been true to your own capability and heart and soul to get it shaped into what your own brain conceived. Then you can smile and move on. No author in the world in the history of writing ever had praise for his every word from his every fan come to his ear. But if he smiled at his own production, he was already moving to the next.

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