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Fell Asleep

Guess I Must Be Tired…

I was going to do this article about why some long-time professional writers tell beginning writers completely bad advice for the right reasons. But alas, I sat down for a short time in my reading chair to rest my eyes and woke up over an hour later. So that article will have to wait for another night.

And thanks for the feedback both here and in emails on the new webinar-based workshops. I think they will be fun and we’re trying to work out how they would work exactly.

A couple of the former coast workshops we have had to cancel might work in that form as well, so we will see first how this “Secrets” series works first.



Tomorrow night I’ll start detailing out my writing a little as I finish a novel, then ramp up a new one. As I said to a few writers this last week, see if you can pattern my writing output. Maybe not as much, but in some form that will get the writing moving. As one person said, if they could do half of what I produce, they would have their best year ever.

And that would be a good thing, folks. So as I once again decide to being my writing up front here every day, use my output over the next number of months as I track the writing in public to spur your own writing onward.

And just a point of interest. If I was sane, I would never even try to write a word over the next few months. You will understand as time goes on about the reasons for that statement. (grin) But I got a 67 challenge to hit and that’s going to take a bunch of writing. So here we go.



The first half are started up. Second half on Wednesday. Still time to jump into any of the workshops.

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Class #25… Mar 6th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Mar 6th … Author Voice
Class #27… Mar 6th … (empty slot)
Class #28… Mar 6th … Writing into the Dark
Class #29… Mar 6th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Mar 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Mar 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Mar 7th …(empty slot)
Class #33… Mar 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Mar 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Mar 7th … Novel Structure
Class #36… Mar 7th … Writing Fantasy

April workshops will be available on Teachable in a day or so and I will do the schedule for the summer workshops shortly. It will include a few new ones.



March 15-18th

— Adding Tension to Your Writing
— Making a Living in 2018/19 With Your Fiction
— Controlling Fear of Failure

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  • Harvey

    Good advice, if I may say so Dean. I’ve been watching and listening and parroting (to some degree) your productivity for the past three and a half years, and it never fails to spur me onward. Not so much trying to match what you do — we’re all different — but setting goals, strictly adhering to Heinlein’s Rules (until I suddenly realize I’ve fallen off and climb back on) and trusting my subconscious. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on, Folks. Give it a shot.

  • D S Butler

    I’m glad you’re getting back to detailing out your writing. I find it inspiring and motivating and I’ve missed it!

  • Maree Brittenford

    I’m very interested to see your thoughts on why the more mature writers say the things they do.

    Sometimes I think it’s simply that it’s the path they took to learn their skills themselves, so they assume that if it worked for them then it’s a good way to go. Other times I think they just want us to suffer like they did.