I’m not sure how this happened, but I found a bunch of my own quotes on a website, Quotes Sayings. (I’m still in shock.) Some are pretty good, too!
Check them out!
Don’t have every dialog go in a straight line to solve the problem. Let your characters argue, be sarcastic, disagree or joke around. — Dan Alatorre
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I wasn’t a class clown, because nuns have no sense of humor. They have rulers. — Dan Alatorre
I take the rawest, realest moments in anyone’s life and I open them up and lay them bare. The innocence of a five year old child, the awkwardness of a teenager’s first sexual encounter, the heartbreak of longing for a relationship you can’t have, confronting the possibility of the death of your newborn child, whatever it is, you open your soul and put it out there and dare the world to read it, ready to have them stomp on you and laugh, but ready to do it again the next day. You have to put yourself out there as a writer, you can’t play it safe. Great writing isn’t safe. — Dan Alatorre
Honesty makes stories real and characters memorable. From there, taking them to where they need to go will be all the development they need. — Dan Alatorre
The more time you can put between you and your manuscript, the more fresh your eyes become and the more mistakes you’ll catch. Let a chapter rest for a day, you’ll see ways to improve it. Let your completed book rest a month or more and you’ll see stuff that’s long or that you want to skip. Read it out loud to get rid of awkward phrases and listen to your critique partners if they are good. — Dan Alatorre
I know each new story is better than the last. — Dan Alatorre
Believe in yourself and start achieving your dream. It waits for you on the other side of the publish button. — Dan Alatorre
My first bestseller was a cookbook. That will make any novelist humble. — Dan Alatorre
Who do I think would appreciate my book?
I’m surprised anybody does. Oops, did I say that out loud? — Dan Alatorre
If you write a bad book, mobs do not show up with pitchforks and torches – and odds are you didn’t write something bad. — Dan Alatorre
Writers need to get over the fear of hitting the “publish” button. — Dan Alatorre
My characters still talk the way normal people talk. They argue, they are sarcastic with each other, they joke around. I usually end up with one outrageous minor character in each book that people just rave about. We all have that one friend who says and does things that are a riot. A character like that is the salt in the soup: you want just enough to bring everything to life. — Dan Alatorre
In the book (Savvy Stories) you see some very real, very personal moments. The first week of Savvy’s life was the longest week of ours. We spent five days in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) worrying that our newborn daughter might die. It was touch and go for a while, and it was extremely difficult to write about. Chapter two gets a lot of people crying. But because we put that honesty out there, readers said “Okay, I can trust this guy.” Then they were better able to laugh with us, too. — Dan Alatorre
Not knowing stuff – like how your story ends before you start writing – is the seed of a lot of writer’s block. — Dan Alatorre
You have to put yourself out there as a writer, you can’t play it safe. — Dan Alatorre
You can do it. Don’t let anyone say you can’t. You can. — Dan Alatorre
Take what fame or fortune comes your way. My first bestseller was a cookbook, so remember to be open to trying new things. From that experience I learned things about marketing a book that benefitted me greatly and, combined with my sales management experience with Fortune 500 companies, I was able to launch a string of bestsellers. — Dan Alatorre
Dig deep and go where the pain and fear and joy are, and put it out there. The minute you shy away from pure honesty in your writing, you become a liar. — Dan Alatorre
A humorist is a writer who’s not funny enough to call themselves a comedian. — Dan Alatorre
I get up at 4am or 5am and write for a few hours before the rest of the world wakes up. And I don’t drink caffeine. That combination is basically a deal breaker for every other author I know. I don’t usual check email, Facebook or Twitter until at least 6:30am, either, another killer for most authors. — Dan Alatorre
You hold in your heart everything you need to know to write anything your story needs written. — Dan Alatorre
Don’t be afraid to get off the internet, the answers aren’t all there. You may have to ask a cop about the kickback from a shotgun, or how sweaty they get in summer wearing body armor. Or what color blood is in the moonlight, or the vibrations through a serrated knife’s handle you feel in your fingers when you are hacking through somebody’s neck and hit cartilage. — Dan Alatorre
What’s my writing style? Lazy. — Dan Alatorre
Kids are flat-out freaking hilarious if you are paying attention. Not just my kid, but every kid. — Dan Alatorre
I wasn’t a class clown, because my parents were very strict and because nuns in general have no sense of humor. I mean zero, zip, nada. I wasted some of my best stuff on those old hags! Look at these knuckles – those are ruler marks, and they’re still visible all these years later. But I could usually get out of trouble at home if I could get my mom laughing. That’s a huge ace up your sleeve as a kid. — Dan Alatorre
On working with other writers: You develop honesty and you can then ask the really embarrassing questions. I have learned so many things I didn’t want to know, and they were all a result of interesting interviews for background information. — Dan Alatorre
What I can tell you is DO IT. Publish book one and get book two out as soon as possible. There are very few Harper Lee’s. Most of us are going to have to write a few books to get good at it. — Dan Alatorre
When you have writer friends, you have to ask each other awkward questions all the time. It’s beyond embarrassing but they get it. — Dan Alatorre
I’m a Best-Selling author and humorist; my brother points out that a humorist is a writer who’s not funny enough to call themselves a comedian. Gotta love family. — Dan Alatorre
Great writing isn’t safe. — Dan Alatorre
It’s rare to see a man step up and say “I can be a great father and learn about gymnastics with my daughter and take her to dance lessons because I love her.” I can make time to blow bubbles on the back porch. It doesn’t cause your man card to be revoked. — Dan Alatorre
I write most of my stories the way people talk, complete with an occasional run-on sentences and stuff that seems to go around in a few circles before making its point. In a comedy, you can do that. — Dan Alatorre
I usually end have one outrageous minor character. He or she says the stuff I wish I had said in real life. Readers will love that character. — Dan Alatorre
I write in complete silence using only two fingers so I can’t type faster than I edit at the same time, saving me from having to go back. Although it does create a lot of capitalization issues. And punctuation problems. I didn’t say it was a good routine. — Dan Alatorre
Open your soul and put it out there and dare the world to read it, ready to have them stomp on you and laugh, but ready to do it again the next day. — Dan Alatorre
Writers need to be open to trying new things. My first bestseller was a cookbook, and from that experience I learned things about marketing a book that benefitted me greatly. — Dan Alatorre
Writers get ideas all day every day. The FedEx guy delivers a package from Sears and the writer is thinking how it could actually be a ticking time bomb. — Dan Alatorre
It’s amazing how my mind opens up right when I have to run on the treadmill. I’ve finished three chapters rather than run a mile. — Dan Alatorre
Write the best thing you can, whatever it is. It is deeply moving to read a letter from Spain or somewhere that says they read my book and fell in love with my daughter. Or that a book I wrote changed their life. It is amazing to be on the receiving end of that. Don’t deny yourself that. — Dan Alatorre
I come up with an idea and I’ll start throwing little suggestions for possible scenes into a folder, but before I seriously sit down to write Word One, they whole outline is finished. Sue me. It works. — Dan Alatorre
Pound it out, get it done, write every day. No excuses. Kerouac said you can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. Damn straight. You’ll sleep a lot better getting your word count in than another quick Twitter check or keeping up to date on the Kardashians. — Dan Alatorre
People are suckers for the truth and they know it when they see it.
Open your soul and they will stop and watch. — Dan Alatorre
You can ask somebody just about anything if you say you’re a writer first. — Dan Alatorre
The best part of being a writer is you get to tell people you’re a writer. That’s still considered cool. — Dan Alatorre
I believe in you. That is enough. — Dan Alatorre
Don’t polish it forever, put it out there. At some point the changes aren’t improvements, they’re just changes. — Dan Alatorre
I think if a writer is being honest they’d admit to a file full of a dozen or more stories that are all started to varying degrees. They’re like the kid who wants to be a firefighter and a police officer and an astronaut. — Dan Alatorre
Don’t listen to any advice from anybody who has fewer published bestsellers than you, or anybody with more bestsellers than you. Or anybody with the exact same number of bestsellers as you. Don’t listen to any advice at all, even this advice I’m telling you right now. — Dan Alatorre
If it’s funny enough, you can pretty much do anything. — Dan Alatorre
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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