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Even More Help Today

Even More Help Today on the Changes Coming Here

Wonderful help and advice today from a number of people about how to make this site less of a confused mess and get things looking cleaner and clearer.

This process has been sort of going forward now for some time, but these last few days finally tipped me over to make the changes I’ve been planning for more than a year.

I will still continue blogging about writing and some other topics. And workshop news will still be here. And my books will be here as well, but easier to find.

So not much time tonight to do a longer blog about some of the other cool writing stuff I am learning this week, but that will be soon. Maybe in the new look.


Kickstarter Update: We have finally figured out a few tricks on the surveys we send out to supporters to give information, so those will be going out this weekend. Also, those of you who supported with getting a workshop will be able to take the November workshops just fine. No worries.

Sorry for the confusion on the first few surveys that went out. Sort of a learning process on those. (grin)


Two New Online Workshops for 2017

We have been planning on doing an online workshops on Endings at some point this coming year. Now add to that a wonderful workshop suggested this week. It will be How to Write Secondary Plots in novels. A huge area.

So those will be coming into the mix in 2017. And a few of the others will go away because of lack of interest. I’ll give warning when a workshop will be on its last legs because a few people asked me to. (grin) But no changes in November and December schedule.

November Online Workshops

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me. Almost no one is signed up yet. I will be writing all the Kickstarter people who got the workshops that way later this week. At that point, some of these might fill up.

Class #41… Nov 1st … Author Voice
Class #42… Nov 1st … Point of View
Class #43… Nov 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… Nov 1st … Ideas
Class #45… Nov 1st … Character Development
Class #46… Nov 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… Nov 2nd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… Nov 2nd … Cliffhangers
Class #49… Nov 2nd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 2nd …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

If you are wondering what order would be best to take some of these workshops, we have done a curriculum for the workshops. You can see that at


Totals For Year 4, Month 3, Day 19

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,126

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

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,800 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 317 e-mails. Approx. 21,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 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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  • Rob Cornell

    Certainly hope “Speed” isn’t on the chopping block. I need that one, but I need to find the time, too. Which is ironic, because if I were writing faster, I would have more time. 🙂

    • dwsmith

      Might have solved the chopping block problem today in a conversation with some writers at lunch. Many things shifting into the future here. (grin)

  • Denise Gaskins

    Oh, I *hope* the chopping block isn’t total abandonment, but conversion to the classic workshop format. Or YouTube,, or something. Those of us out here on very tight budgets would still love to learn from you!