Fast Fiction Blog Tour (and prizes!)

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 those posts (including this one!).

Denise’s Fast Fiction Tip: Perfectionism Must Die!

The biggest hindrance I have found in writing a fast draft,

and getting to the end, is that little bit of perfectionism that lives in me. It’s

tempting to go back and rewrite things, then rewrite them again, on that search

for the perfect words. But the things is, the perfect words don’t mean much if

the perfect plot isn’t in place yet. As your plotting changes, and you

figure out who the characters really are at their deepest level, many of the

individual words and paragraphs and scenes will have to change. When

fast-drafting, I encourage you to always push forward. Don’t give into that

niggling that keeps telling you to go back and fix things. There will be plenty

of time for fixing and perfecting after you reach the end of your first draft.

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. (Rafflecopter will ask which ones you’ve commented on and will keep track of all your entries.)

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

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 be eligible for lots of extra entries to win some great prizes. Don’t know what to comment about? Tell us the name of your favorite writing book!

14 thoughts on “Fast Fiction Blog Tour (and prizes!)

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  2. Carol

    I’m loving this blog tour and all Denise’s tips! While I’m working through our ‘March Madness’ challenge, I need to be applying her FAST FICTION techniques, too.:)


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  6. Trudi Trueit

    That’s a great tip that you highlighted, Shari! Things don’t have to be perfect the first go-round. I used to work and re-work a section and then realize in revision that it had to go. Arrrrgh! Now, I keep plugging away and add depth and dimension in the revision process.


    1. Shari Green Post author

      I hear ya! I love to revise as I go, but all too often that carefully revised section ends up getting cut later, lol. I’ve learned to draft, then do big picture revisions, and THEN the little stuff…takes discipline, for sure!

      Happy writing, Trudi!😀


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  9. Kelly

    I love this tip! I have to work really hard at not trying to make my first draft perfect, and to be okay with it not being perfect.


    1. Shari Green Post author

      Me, too! SO hard to be okay with not perfect! One thing that helps me is keeping in mind this image: first drafts are about making clay; revisions are about shaping something good out of that clay. All I need a first draft to be is a big, messy lump of clay.:)


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