Interview with Dan Alatorre, Co-host of the YouTube Show, “Writers Off Task With Friends” & GIVEAWAY!!

Writers Off Task With Friends: Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, and J.A. Allen

What comes after writing a book? How do people find time to write? What goes into getting published? Is it better to self publish or traditionally publish? Is social media necessary as a writer?

I see these questions come up a lot. So many fledgling writers want to know what to expect.

The hosts of Writers Off Task With Friends, authors Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, and J.A. Allen, address these questions and more, on their weekly video show.

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What I am Working On : Editing Adeline and the Mystic Berries

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Updated: 5/21/16

This past week I have begun another round of edits for the first book I ever wrote, Adeline and the Mystic Berries. With lots of amazing feedback from agents, I thought it important that I gather help in regards to editing.

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A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yelling at your Computer

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Have you ever written 20,000 words for your new manuscript and had your computer crash before you could hit the “Save” button? Luckily, I haven’t but I’ve heard horror stories from writers who did.

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A to Z Challenge: X is for X-ing Out “Killing Your Darlings”

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When I sat at my computer, staring at my manuscript for the umpteenth time, there was a part that would still hold me up every time I’d read it. It was in the first couple chapters and it slowed down the flow of the story to little more than a crawl. I had to find a way to jump my readers into the story so they’d make it past those first pages, or I’d lose them right at the start.

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A to Z Challenge: U is for Understanding Our Flaws in Writing

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As writers, we all have certain tendencies. There are things that we each do when we write that should be avoided, yet we are helpless to stop ourselves from doing them. These are our crutches in writing: the things we need to look out for while editing, because we know they’ll be there. They always are.

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A to Z Challenge: T is for Thesaurus

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We’ve all heard of the thesaurus. We used them in school, the old Merriam-Webster ones that could have doubled as giant door stops. Now and again, we would pick one up to try and figure out what a word meant, based on other words that could be used in its place. I know I did.

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A to Z Challenge: O is for Overshooting Your Word Count

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We all have different stories to tell. Some of us stay in the realm of Fantasy, writing for kids who love to visit the worlds created in our books. Other writers stay truer to life and the reality that surrounds us.

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A to Z Challenge: E is for Editing

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Editing. The point after you’ve finished creating your manuscript when you revisit your writing to see how much more work you really have to do. Editing is taking your rough sketch, drawing in the final lines, and adding color to turn it into a masterpiece. Editing is where the magic happens in writing.

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A to Z Challenge: D is for Dialogue : Writing Dialogue That Works (Part 2)

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How to Make Your Characters Say Some Amazing Things

Dialogue is something so necessary in storytelling, it’s worth making sure what you’ve written is the best it can be. There are several things to keep in mind when writing or revising your story’s dialogue.

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Writing Dialogue That Works (Part One)

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Dialogue is a tricky, fickle thing. It can draw the reader into interactions between characters faster than any narrative could ever hope to do. Dialogue can make its readers laugh, smile, get angry, and sometimes reach for the Kleenex box on the bedside table.

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