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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Denise Jaden's FAST FICTION - Book Tour & Giveaway!

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the book launch for author Denise Jaden's new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION. It's a technique about increasing productivity and speed, and putting out a functional rough draft in 30 days. Two of her books have been written using this technique. I've certainly found it useful! Today I'm participating in her blog tour. I hope you'll participate - there are prizes to be won!

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise is celebrating the release of FAST FICTION by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!)

The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:

Denise's Fast Fiction Tip: Write First Thing!

One of my biggest tips for getting through a project quickly is writing first thing in the morning. In those first moments between dream-state and waking up, our minds are often overflowing with ideas. Okay, some of them are a bit weird, but that’s okay, because another great thing about first thing in the morning is that we often haven’t had time to remember much of the self-doubt we live with . Even if the ideas are weird or wrong for what we’re writing, chances are good that they will springboard onto something that is so right that we can’t believe we came up with it. But it takes pushing through, and taking opportunities when doubt will not kill any of our initial ideas.

Besides that, getting up a few minutes earlier and writing some words, even if it’s only a few, will get our minds back into our stories and will set the stage for the rest of the day. If you write first thing, there’s a greater chance that you will write later when you have a chance as well.

The Prizes:

  • Compliments of New World Library: They will be giving away A BOX of copies of FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden and GET IT DONE by Sam Bennett (US and Canada only):
  • Compliments of Denise Jaden, TWO BOXES of great fiction (US Only). Details on Denise's blog.
  • Audiobook copies of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden!
  • A critique of your first five pages, compliments of Denise's agent, Michelle Humphrey from The Martha Kaplan Agency!
All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win (at the bottom of this post, I've included links to all of the other blogs where you can comment for more chances to win).

About Fast Fiction:

Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels.

A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Praise for Fast Fiction:

“Fast Fiction is filled with stellar advice, solid-gold tips, and doable, practical exercises for all writers who want to draft a complete novel.”
— Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway

“Being a ‘pantser’ I have always resisted outlining, but I have to say that Fast Fiction changed my mind! Denise Jaden takes what I find to be a scary process (outlining) and makes it into an easy and, dare I say, enjoyable one. Fast Fiction is a hands-on book that asks the right questions to get your mind and your story flowing. I know I’ll be using Fast Fiction over and over again. Highly recommended for fiction writers!
— Janet Gurtler, author of RITA Award finalist I’m Not Her

“Fast Fiction is full of strategies and insights that will inspire and motivate writers of every experience level — and best of all, it provides them with a solid plan to quickly complete the first draft of their next novel.”
— Mindi Scott, author of Freefall

“Fast Fiction provides writers with the perfect mix of practical guidance and the kick in the pants they need to finish that draft. This book is a must-have for writers of all levels.”
— Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth

Practical and down-to-earth, Denise Jaden’s Fast Fiction makes a one-month draft seem doable, even for beginners, any month of the year.”
— Jennifer Echols, author of Endless Summer and Playing Dirty

“One of the greatest challenges any writer faces is getting a great idea out of one’s brain and onto the page. Fast Fiction breaks that process down into concrete, manageable steps, each accompanied by Denise Jaden’s sage advice and enthusiastic encouragement. And anything that helps streamline the drafting process is a-okay by me! Fast Fiction is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox — I’ve got it in mine!”
— Catherine Knutsson, author of Shadows Cast by Stars

“Forget the fact that this resource is directed at those wanting to complete a fast draft — if you’re out to get your novel done, period, Jaden’s Fast Fiction will be the kick in the butt that gets you there, from story plan to ‘The End’. . . and beyond.”
— Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series for young adults

Where you can find Fast Fiction:

Blog Tour Stops:
Comment on any of the following blog posts celebrating Fast Fiction's release to be entered to win prizes galore! 
(All Fast Fiction blog posts should be live by March 9th, or sooner. Contest will be open until March 15th. If any links don't work, stop by for updated links.)

GCC Blogs:

Additional Participating Blogs:

Remember, all you have to do is leave comments to get lots of extra entries to win some great prizes. 
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  1. Sounds like this book would help to develop a good strategy for NaNoWriMo! :)

    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to trying it out, maybe for Camp NaNo in July. :)

  2. I sometimes wish I was an early morning writer, but I've always had my most productive writing times late at night (or very, VERY early in the morning, lol). Revisions, any time is fine, but first drafting I like my evenings and late nights. :)

    1. Me too, Shari. It's a constant battle with the clock. Happy writing!

  3. I'm with Shari--I can't write first thing in the morning. I'm not a morning person, so I don't give myself time to write before I have to go to work, anyway, but I've also found that I'm more motivated to write at night, when there's less of a chance that I'll be interrupted.

    1. We're all different. I'm a night owl, too, so I totally understand. There is no one right way to do this, so it's great that you've found a time that works for you!