Go, Dan, Go! (Part 4)

Featured Image -- 72779By now you know I’m frantically writing a murder mystery story that is  almost due.

Here’s where I am so far.

(as of 8am July 26)

You guys are supposed to be writing a story – a short story or part of a bigger novel, whatever – for the writing contest and anthology.

So I wrote one, as I’ve mentioned a few times, and I started another project I’m keeping you up to date on, more or less.

(A quick ad before I continue.)


WRITING CONTEST

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over $400 in prizes

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sponsored by Darkwater Syndicate, a Florida publusher

PRIZES! FAME! FORTUNE

(maybe; it could happen)

Don’t miss out! Click HERE for details and to enter!

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Your amazing piece of writing could be the one to take the top prize and be published in in our horror anthology called “VOODOO.”

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Here’s my progress:

x 4201 short story for Voodoo July 1, all 4k
1 2142 July 2, 2018
2 1592 July 2, 2018
3 2233 July 3, 2018
4 2882 July 4, 2018
5 1801 July 5, 2018
6 1922 July 6, 2018
7 1335 July 6, 2018
8 1383 July 7, 2018
9 1539 July 7, 2018
10 1810 July 8, 2018
11 1704 July 11, 2018
12 2632 July 12, 2018
13 2191 July 13, 2018
14 3510 July 15, 2018
15 1341 July 15, 2018
16 428 July 15, 2018
17 1171 July 18, 2018
18 1670 July 19, 2018
19 1055 July 19, 2018
20 1966 July 20, 2018
21 1194 July 21, 2018
22 1193 July 22, 2018
23 2077 July 22, 2018
24 1914 July 23, 2018
25 662 July 23, 2018
26 726 July 23, 2018
27 1571 July 23, 2018
28 4266 July 24, 2018
29 1850 July 25, 2018
30 809 July 26, 2018

52, 569 written in July.

DO I ROCK, OR WHAT?

This story is TOTALLY gonna get written this month.

The goal is to write the whole story in July AND have it be:

(A) a quality story, not just 65k of words (so far so good there, as per my critique partner), and

(B) have it be a real page turner

I feel confident so far. (There are some amazing surprises in it.)

 

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This is going to be where my story ends up: a whole new book by ME, in an massive anthology with a bunch of other whole books. Like 25 or more.

PLEASE  preorder the whole book anthology.

It’s called alled Death and Damages and it’s on sale in preorder for $0.99 right now.

My book alone is worth that! This thing is a steal!

Order your copy today and I’ll post periodically about my progress.

Cheer me on! I need the encouragement!

And preorder Death And Damages TODAY!!

You have questions. Ask away.

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This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writer stuff, marketing, motivation, you name it.

ASK ME

Your questions. Your challenges. Your issues.

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.

 

Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

– Dan Alatorre

So go ahead. Ask me anything.

Rachael Ritchey: Reinventing #BlogBattle: The Glorious Return. Share your work; Read that of other writers. (A Guest Blog Post)

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LOOK WHAT’S COMING BACK!

A little while ago, I contacted Rachael Ritchey (friend of the blog and one of our victims interviewees on the well-received but rarely viewed Writers Off Task With Friends internet show) about “Blog Battle.” Many of you had participated in it and found it fun; I saw it as a great way to grow a blog and make friends.

Since I knew Rachael from WOTWF and blog comments, etc., I asked what the secret was about running such a thing.

Sadly, at that time, Blog battle was on a hiatus.

BUT NO MORE.

Rachael agreed to let us know when Blog Battle would return,

and I said I’d be sure to tell all of you about it.

Today is that day. Almost.

Today, we tell you about the return; the actual return is in a few weeks. But mark your calendars.

Here’s Rachael.


Reinventing #BlogBattle: The Glorious Return

Share your work. Read that of other writers.

Blog Battle is coming back Tuesday, August 7th, 2018! Mark your calendar, my friend!

What is Blog Battle, you might ask? It’s a monthly writing prompt to inspire writers and entertain readers. It all started on a dare between writer friends, but it grew into so much more.

We’re a cooperative of writers, supporting each other in a worldwide community effort to inspire, grow and connect.

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The goals are:

  • Share your work with us on the blog
  • Share the work of our participating writers on social media
  • Make writer friends
  • Encourage and help each other become better writers than we were yesterday

The Prompt Word is given in a new post the First Tuesday of Every Month. You then have a week before the Stories Post will go live.

  • You can post a link to your story in the comments section at any time, and we’ll add it to the Stories Post.

Be sure to post your story by the 30th of the Same Month and check out the other listed stories. We add more throughout the month, so check back regularly to find new ones.

Share your input in the comments of the Stories Post to let us know your favorites!

The RULES are simple:

  1. 1000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. PG-13(or less) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the randomly chosen word(s) and/or be centered aroundthe word meaning in a way that shows it is clearly related.
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. Put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section
  7. Please tweet and otherwise share your battler buddies’ stories across social media.
  8. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting all the stories so we can cross-share.
  9. Let us know if you have a Facebook author/writer page so we can LIKE it to stay connected.
  10. Have fun!

Really, the writing is fun and worthwhile, but at our core we’re a community meant to support one another.

Questions are welcome, and in the meantime, or for more info, check out: Read. Inspire. #BlogBattle’s Glorious Return

Yes, it’s coming! August 7th, 2018. Can’t wait to get connected!

Thanks, Rachael!

Gang, be sure to check it out and report back.

We’re all about helping each other here.

And don’t forget, we’re in the final days of our writing contest!

WRITING CONTEST

Word Weaver logi FINAL trimmed

over $400 in prizes

Darkwater 1

sponsored by Darkwater Syndicate, a Florida publusher

PRIZES! FAME! FORTUNE

(maybe; it could happen)

Don’t miss out! Click HERE for details and to enter!

halloween-1787545_1920

Your amazing piece of writing could be the one to take the top prize and be published in in our horror anthology called “VOODOO.”

ENTER NOW!

My Crazy Path to Publication, a Guest Post by Dan Alatorre

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Hello all! Today blogger, published author, and fabulous contest hostDan Alatorre has kindly agreed to visit the Naptime Author, and to share the story of his path to publication!

img_2351-3Hi Dan! Thanks so much for coming. So, how did you begin your journey on the crazy path to publication?

My path to publication was probably a little different from that of most people.

When my wife and I found out we had a baby on the way eight years ago, we were very excited. Facebook was kind of new to me at the time, and I was posting a lot because I was excited – obviously. Did I mention I was excited? Because I was excited. (The stork had missed our house despite years of trying our best to get him to land here.)

I was about to become a father for the first time at forty-seven years…

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Go, Dan, Go! (Part 3)

Featured Image -- 72779Here’s where I am so far.

Marvel at my wordiness!

You guys are supposed to be writing a story – a short story or part of a bigger novel, whatever – for the writing contest and anthology.

So I wrote one, as I’ve mentioned a few times, and I started another project I’m keeping you up to date on, more or less.

(A quick ad before I continue.)


WRITING CONTEST

Word Weaver logi FINAL trimmed

over $400 in prizes

Darkwater 1

sponsored by Darkwater Syndicate, a Florida publusher

PRIZES! FAME! FORTUNE

(maybe; it could happen)

Don’t miss out! Click HERE for details and to enter!

halloween-1787545_1920

Your amazing piece of writing could be the one to take the top prize and be published in in our horror anthology called “VOODOO.”

ENTER NOW!


(Okay, I’m back. Seriously, you should totally enter that writing contest! I would. Probably.)

I’ve been writing a murder mystery for a collection of whole books for a different anthology.

So I decided since it was almost due, I’d better start.

I wrote my 4000 word short story for VOODOO on July first, then on July 2nd, I started the murder mystery I was supposed to be doing all summer.

Here’s my progress so far:

x 4201 short story for Voodoo July 1, all 4k
1 2142 July 2, 2018
2 1592 July 2, 2018
3 2233 July 3, 2018
4 2882 July 4, 2018
5 1801 July 5, 2018
6 1922 July 6, 2018
7 1335 July 6, 2018
8 1383 July 7, 2018
9 1539 July 7, 2018
10 1810 July 8, 2018
11 1704 July 11, 2018
12 2632 July 12, 2018
13 2191 July 13, 2018
14 3510 July 15, 2018
15 1341 July 15, 2018
16 428 July 15, 2018
17 1171 July 18, 2018
18 1670 July 19, 2018
19 1055 July 19, 2018
20 1966 July 20, 2018
21 1194 July 21, 2018
22 1193 July 22, 2018

That’s all words written in July so far, and I plan on writing the whole thing before midnight July 31st. I have to average about 2400 words per day between now and then to finish on time.

CAN I DO IT???

Subtotal for the murder mystery: 38,694

Total for July is that plus the 4k short story, so 42,895. I’m a little impressed with myself, I’ll admit it.

The plan is to get this story all written in July.

And to have it be

(A) a quality story, not just 65k of words (so far so good there, as per my critique partner), and

(B) have it be a real page turner

We’ll see how it turns out. But I feel confident so far. (There are some amazing surprises in it.)

With 65% of the month gone, I have 60% of the story finished (as of Sunday morning July 22, 2018). I got a little behind when that Young Authors Camp was going on here all last week.

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This is going to be where my story ends up: a whole new book by ME, in an massive anthology with a bunch of other whole books. Like 25 or more.

PLEASE  preorder the whole book anthology.

It’s called alled Death and Damages and it’s on sale in preorder for $0.99 right now.

My book alone is worth that! This thing is a steal!

Order your copy today and I’ll post periodically about my progress.

Cheer me on! I need the encouragement!

And preorder Death And Damages TODAY!!

Fun story prompt ideas

We’ve been having a Young Authors Camp at my house this week, and during the day we usually have two different writing prompts that the young authors write a short story from.

 

As a project, they had to come up with writing prompts;

the next day, they had to use one of the prompts they created.

Here’s what they came up with:

  • You are locked up somewhere and you need to get out. You are chained to a wall or locked in a room.
  • An adventure takes place on a secret island; what do you see there?
  • Write a story about an animal you would like to shape shift to
  • A knight tries to fight a dragon but the dragon does not want to fight back
  • An assassin is hired to kill someone you love and you must decide whether or not to kill the assassin.
  • Any animal or any creature can talk but only to you.
  • A magical orb falls from space and grants you special abilities.
  • Four dragon babies were separated from their mother and they must be returned – or else.
  • A scary noise in the next room – I don’t know what it is, but it sounds bad.
  • You go to the pet store and you see something cool. You buy it, but it is hard to take care of.
  • A superhero is dying because of… something.

I liked the list and refined it into a few faves that we used (ten was too many).

  1. You go to a friend’s house for a sleepover. You wake up in the middle of the night; your friend is gone, you are in a different house, and it is guarded by a dragon.
  2. On the first day at a new school, you accidentally discover your teacher is secretly a monster.
  3. On a vacation, you take sailing lessons. A storm comes and blows you away to a secret island where find an animal or any creature that can talk but only to you.

What do you think?

What writing prompt could YOU come up with? List yours below!