Tips for Better Fiction Writing: Write FAST

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I’m writing a book series called Tips For Better Fiction Writing, in which I tackle all the rookie mistakes new writers make.

And hey, I made them, too.

Which is why I’m helping you not make them.

Until the next book in the series comes out, you’ll see these gems here on the blog.

Today, let’s talk about process. Try to stay awake.


People say I write fast.

That’s more true than they know.

They mean I seem to crank out books and chapters and blog posts, which I do. I wrote 5400 words in a few hours this morning.

But that’s not what I mean here.

When I have a scene, especially dialogue, I literally write it as fast as I can. Often the words are illegible and the scene is full of typos, and some parts of it make no sense.

It’s the cadence that I’m after.

I edit it the gibberish with real words (and hopefully fewer typos) so it becomes readable.

In that, we may be different. Many writers you analyze a lot and review, polishing and looking for the exact way to phrase every line. I like to bust out a scene, then force myself – and I mean force – to let it rest.

That is sooooo hard, not looking at it AT ALL for a period of time.

But it’s necessary.

For me, a chapter of 1000 – 3000 words needs at least overnight. Maybe longer. Then I try to give my stuff the same effort I do yours or someone else’s that I’m critiquing. I look f or every place that baby blanket in the woods snags in my head. I’m relentless, or try to be.

You’d think it’s better to go slow and be thorough up front.

I should try that sometime…

Seriously, my approach captures the dialogues very effectively. So does having a verbal discussion that I speak into my phone’s notebook using talk to text. We repeat a lot when we speak, so you have to trim that out, but I envision both personalities in the scene, talking and trading lines, all verbally, so the ums and ahs and errors and stuff get in there.

But so does the cadence.

And one of them always disagrees or interrupts or goes off on a tangent, like we do in real life.

That’s why people like my dialogues.

They’re real, smoothed by editing and punched up with rewrites, but they don’t look like it.


You can do this stuff.

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And the less your reader expects it, the more surprised they’ll be – and the more sudden your scene will read. So set it up that way. Let readers think one thing and do the other without warning. Don’t announce it with “suddenly.”

Get A Is For Action today for 99 cents, part of Dan Alatorre’s Tips For Better Fiction Writing series.

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.

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