A Divinely Inspired Dan???

Guest blog post by a co-author of The Box Under The Bed, Curtis Bausse

author Curtis Bausse

I’ve never met Dan.

I imagine him as a bundle of concentrated enthusiasm,

which, if it’s true, makes him rare indeed: entheos, from which the word is derived, means “divinely inspired, possessed by a god.”

In this case, the god of blogging, self-publishing and book promotion. But I’ve seen him on YouTube, and he moves and speaks just like the rest of us (except with an American accent), so on the whole I lean towards the conclusion that he is in fact human.

Nonetheless, the mystery remains:

How does he do it?

Divine or not, there’s a whole lot of entheos in his commitment to writing.

And not just his own, that’s the thing. He cheers us all on tirelessly, spreading entheos through cyberspace till eventually some of it even seeps into jaded souls like me.

So when he asked for contributions to The Box Under The Bed, I thought, ‘Hmm… Maybe I’ll give this a shot.’

A month to write a story, a scary one. The deadline itself was scary. Not that I write very slowly, but I like to set my work aside for a couple of months before I revise. So this was a challenge. And scary, I discovered as I hunted for my inner Stephen King, isn’t easy. In films, yes – all it takes is quivering music or a sudden scream.

But in writing?

You’ve got to take the reader to a place they believe in, get them to leave the world they know, where ghosts and ghouls don’t exist, and see what your characters see, be with them in their terror.

To me, that’s a matter of point of view.

You’re not asking your reader to believe in the supernatural, but in your characters’ perceptions.

And people, as we know, see all sorts of things we don’t believe in ourselves. The face of Jesus in a tortilla. An eerie light hovering in a graveyard. Why, I’ve even heard it said that Donald Trump is President of America. How ridiculous is that? But it makes for an excellent horror story.

I got mine done with a few days to spare, which is just as well because it needed considerable revision. Dan, like any good editor, pointed me in the right direction, especially with regard to cutting.

The reason I usually lay my work aside is that when I come back to it, it’s easier to spot those passages I thought were brilliant at the time but in fact only get in the way.

But Dan did the spotting for me, whole paragraphs getting the chop till the result was leaner and fitter. We had a little exchange about ‘show, don’t tell,’ which in my view puts it too simply, but once you take it as a sort of shorthand for a principle that in general is sound, it’s easier to go along with.

It’s been a great experience all round.

Collaborating with other writers is always rewarding, and Dan’s infectious energy is uplifting.

I edit an anthology myself, now in its second year, and working with Dan has taught me a lot. Furthermore, it’s broadened my scope as a writer. I was never tempted by the horror genre before, but now I have two more ideas begging me to put them into words. Just be patient, I tell them, I’ll get round to you in due course.

And of that I’m sure because now, thanks to Dan, I have the entheos.

Thank you, Curtis, for such kind words. It was a lot of fun working with you on this project!

Gang, I’ve always respected Curtis’ work and the way he crafts a story. This anthology was a new area for him and he hit the ball out of the park. His other works are equally intriguing, too.

It was a blast working with Curtis on this scary anthology.

Check out other works by Curtis Bausse HERE,

and check out the Box Under The Bed right now!

Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

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.

29 thoughts on “A Divinely Inspired Dan???

  1. Curtis, I loved your story in the anthology. And I can so relate to this guest post. I don’t know either how Dan does all he does. I still think he has more hours in his day than us…

    1. Thanks, Juliet. He certainly has a secret I’d like to know. Or maybe not secret – it’s just that he has this huge commitment and motivation. Or maybe it’s his forearms?

  2. Curtis captured precisely my own opinion of this unmet tornado of a man. I just wonder if he really needs that much of an ego boost! Seriously, we all need praise to keep us going and Dan is so generous with his that it would be churlish not to return it in spades.

    1. You echo my thoughts precisely, Frank. Yes, a one man tornado, though fortunately a constructive one. I do my best to encourage other writers but compared to the tornado I’m little more than a puff of air.

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