Your Executive Producer Moment

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Yesterday we talked a little about adding layers to your story in the second draft.

I thought of a better way to describe it. Let me know if this sounds familiar:


Where are the orphans!


I Gotta have more cowbell!


We as writers know what we want from a scene. The writer says: I need my character to get out. Let’s have them walk right out.

The reader says, “Hey, wait a minute!”

THAT’s the executive producer moment.

“I love what you did here. Can we add a whale in the scene? And this other character who is this tough guy. Can that be a woman? A black woman maybe?
“Or maybe… a dolphin!”
Be the executive producer on your story.

This scene needs more orphans!

Where are the orphans?

(I don’t know what movie that’s from.)
The writer buries his head and slinks out of the room.
The executive producer thinks he’s just added brilliance to the script

Or in music: I Gotta have more cowbell!


They key is to be that unattached, just not that clueless. But look for your cowbell moments.

And add them.

Because sometimes ya gotta have more cowbell.

Or orphans, as the case were.

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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.

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