Agree or Disagree: “There are no short cuts to getting better at writing.” 

“There are no short cuts to getting better at writing.”

Lucy Brazier

Do you agree or disagree?

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.

39 thoughts on “Agree or Disagree: “There are no short cuts to getting better at writing.” 

      1. Was it the bit about sacrificing lovers? Because that’s probably a reputation I could do without. Things are quiet enough in that department as it is.

          1. Ha! I was speaking to an old friend last week and he said ‘Surely you’ve got them queuing round the block!’
            This is not the case. Unless they are queuing very quietly and behind bushes.

                1. Can you imagine about 20 guys all dressed up and standing in a row behind the bushes waiting for their turn to talk to you? That’s just hilarious. I suppose they all wear bowler hats while they wait quietly with their umbrellas…

                  1. I hope they’ve brought food. The ones with food get to jump to the front of the queue. The ones without food can go and get food while I deal with the food-bearing ones. I hope they have hats.

  1. I’m reminded of a quote from A League of Their Own. Dottie was about to ditch the team to go home with her husband, and she said (about the game, not her husband), “It just got too hard.” And Tom Hanks replies, “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the ‘hard’ that makes it great.”

    The thing with writing is a LOT of people think it’s easy and receive an unfortunate awakening. It’s just like anything else where you expect results: there are no get rich quick schemes that work, no magic diets, and no way to write a good story without working your ass off and probably crying. Anything worth doing takes effort.

        1. I don’t know if I’ve cried during the book learning process. I’ve cried a ton during the writing. Some scenes I’ve written still get me and I’ve read them dozens of times.

  2. AGREE! As a novice writer, boy do I know the long and tedious road. I’m not saying I haven’t been looking for the ultimate shortcut, but all I have found so far is the steep road. It also has its rewards.

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