Monday, March 3, 2014

Denise Jaden's FAST FICTION Blog Tour

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, 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: Keep Inspiration Handy!
When I fast draft, I like to have lots of inspirational materials nearby. These include some favorite novels, so I can read a page or two when I need a reminder of why I write books. I also search for pictures of my characters and settings and paste those up around my office. Sometimes I’ll make an entire setting board, or a map of the town I’m writing about. I also like to make up a “wordle” of any theme words that I think are relevant to my work in progress. Surrounding myself with all of these things helps to give me a push, just when I need it. Sitting back from my laptop, even if I’m feeling discouraged, seeing the world of my novel around me usually gets me quickly back on track. 


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 http://denisejaden.blogspot.com for updated links.)

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10 comments:

  1. That's a great tip! I've got several inspirational things on and around my desk all related to the novel I just finished. Time to change the decor!

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  2. Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Fast Fiction, Angelina!

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  3. Excellent tip! I also have a 'character sheet' for each major character that I tack up that helps me remember all the things that make them unique. One of my favorite things to do (since I write children's book) is make a map of the main character's room. This really helps put me in his/her world.

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  4. I'm jogging around this blog tour (better late than never, right?), collecting Denise's great tips. I like visuals on hand to get me into my stories. One thing I usually do is create a collage of pictures -- a story board -- that represents significant things about my WIP... its characters and story. I clip it into the front of the binder that is devoted to that story's planning so I can refer to it whenever I need to. I also have a few inspirational writing talismen in my office, too. The problem is, I do a lot of my writing with the laptop out in our family room, where none of these things are located. LOL! I suppose that's a good reason for disciplining myself to work in the office.

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  5. I've heard about doing inspiration boards before, so I've started one for myself on Pinterest. I really like the idea of pinning up a map of the town where your novel takes place. I'm going to try that ASAP. Thanks for the tip!

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