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A Workshop Day

Workshop Day

I spent most of today, in one fashion or another, on workshops.

For those of you who missed it, the workshops now have a curriculum, or at least a suggested order to take them. That is under the Workshop Curriculum tab at the top of the page.

The entire things is broken down into core workshops, business workshops, craft workshops, and genre workshops to make them easier to find. I also in two areas suggest order and what you should take first.

And for those of you who signed up for workshops through our Kickstarter drive, the first week of October I’ll send out a survey through Kickstarter to get workshops you might desire. And you don’t have to decide then either. We can hold workshops off for a future point, no problem at all.

October workshops still have slots in all workshops (they are not included in the Kickstarter program), including the new Point of View workshop. And yes, we will teach you how to float viewpoints and when to do it and when not to. As well as so, so, so much more.

Having control of viewpoints in your story is critical to reader enjoyment. And if you think viewpoints are simple, you are dead wrong. In fact, the Point of View workshop might be one of our most complex.

It will be a fun workshop, that’s for sure.


Smith’s Monthly

Patreon supporters and Smith’s Monthly subscribers, two issues are working through the process with a third one to follow shortly. Stay tuned.


Exercise Today

Got seven miles in and just under a mile running of that seven miles. Slowly picking up speed and distance, even tired and very busy as I was today.


Only One Day Left!!

Just ONE DAY left to grab a fantastic fantasy bundle. It’s called The Epic Fantasy Bundle. Kris has a full novel in it called Heart Readers and it also has novels by Allen Drury, Brandon Sanderson and Tracy Hickman, among others. Can’t go wrong with that list of writers. Wow!!

And it has Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds in it. Kris and I edited this one and it’s a great one.  You can get the bundle at

Don’t wait on this one. It ends in one day and will then go away forever!



Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,099

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 82

Running Miles This Month… 10 miles

Total Miles This Month… 116 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 700 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,000 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 331 e-mails. Approx. 21,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.


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  • David Anthony Brown

    When you first announced Point of View, I was one of those people who thought “well I don’t need that.” I’ve learned to recognize that attitude as critical voice thinking. After I thought about it some more, I realized I understand depth, which isn’t the same as POV. Now I’m intrigued by what the POV workshop has to offer. After I work through the advanced depth workshops, I will consider POV for down the road.

    • dwsmith

      The POV workshop is one of those workshops where you will go, “Didn’t know I could do that.” All the way through. It will be like handing you an entire tool chest of tools to use in your writing you didn’t know existed. Going to be great fun.

  • Mary McKenna

    Hopefully the Depth workshop still has space. I was going to wait for November, but life seems to be aligning better for October, so I’m just going to take a breath and take the course.