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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Go there. It’s worth it. This may be the most important lesson of all, and it’s one of my favorite-favorites. Put yourself out there. Go for it.

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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. Robert Frost sums up the art of writing very well. I think my writing day has been exceptionally good if I have been moved to tears or delightfully surprised by something my characters have done…

  2. I love Robert Frost. I’m not sure if you caught that I referenced one of his poems in Ruby Slips. He had a house in my hometown in New Hampshire. Like someone said above, my characters lead my stories. I like to be surprised by them. My husband, who is not a writer, thinks I need to outline out my entire story before I write. I don’t do this. I have ideas of things that might happen and a general way it might go, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I think you had a blog post about this before, but sometimes it is difficult to keep two characters apart. In my Weaver series, I do kill off a character (which is a little bit of a surprise for me and the reader), but that is thanks to my husband because he said someone has to die.

    1. I have no problem with mapping things out in a general way and then taking a better path if it appears to you. The problem most writers have is they have no idea where anything is going to go so they can’t get there. And they stop.

  3. Frost was absolutely right. The writer has to have the passion to put words to paper, and then cry (or at least choke up) when s/he reads them. When you write something straight from your heart, it’s good.

    1. Not only that but readers can tell. They connect. I don’t know how. I don’t understand it. But time after time when I really open up, they somehow innately understand the honesty in the words and they go there with you. That makes it real and that builds a bond.

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