Wednesday, March 5, 2014

GCC: Fast Fiction by Denise Jaden

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: Pare down ideas, themes, and settings to easy-glimpse sentences.

Fast Fiction, The Twitter Version: Fast Fiction in 3 parts: A guide to brainstorming and plotting a loose outline, daily inspirations to keep you writing, and revision tips.

I love coming up with The Twitter Version of any book, because part of what I do in Fast Fiction is continually try to encourage to pare down ideas and themes and settings and characters into easy-glimpse sentences. Part of evaluating at a book’s commercial potential is looking at the one-sentence “pitch” or logline, and seeing how strong and compelling that is.

Don't know where to start with this? Try coming up with an adjective to describe your main character, and an obstacle which he or she will be up against. How will your main character overcome that obstacle, and more importantly, how will that change him or her? Now try to fit that information all into one sentence.

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:

    New World Library  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  IndieBound  |  GoodReads


    Help an author out:

    Can't get a copy of FAST FICTION right now? I wonder if you'd consider helping out in other ways. I'd really appreciate any way that you can help!

    • Ask your library or bookstore to bring in FAST FICTION
    • Leave a review on Amazon (the more books are reviewed on Amazon, the more they will show up as suggestions for readers).
    • Mention FAST FICTION on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or pin a link to Amazon on Pinterest

    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. Stop by Denise's blog for updated links.)

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    6 comments:

    SA Larsenッ said...

    Too, too funny! I just added this to my Amazon wish list last night. Well, technically it was like 12:30 this morning. WOOT!!! Okay. I'll buy it now. Congrats to Denise. She is made of awesomeness!

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    Catherine Stine said...

    This book sounds good. I could write faster. I will check it out!

    shelly said...

    I'm going to buy this book for sure.

    Sheena-kay Graham said...

    This book sounds very informative. Thanks for the quick tip and giveaway.

    Kelly said...

    I think this is one of my all-time favorite writing tips. Creating a synopsis for the things I write is definitely my biggest struggle, and I'm eager to try this approach. Thanks for the tip and the giveaway!

    Irene Jennings said...

    If you're looking for a new approach to writing faster, then this book is for you. A multiple NaNoWriMo winner, Denise Jaden generously shares her process of writing a fast first draft. This book will inspire you to get down and write! I also really enjoyed her book on writing grief in fiction, Writing with a Heavy Heart. This author clearly has a heart to teach others through her own experience, and there is a lot to learn.
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