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Finished Novel Challenge

Finished The Novel Challenge

Took ten days, but all done. Right at 40,000 words finished, around 44,000 words written.

Kris has already read the first 32,000 words and likes it, so she will finish it tomorrow, I will run over any corrections she finds, and have it in to WMG before Monday morning.

It will have a quick copyedit and then get launched for the bundle starting on September 15th. So all good.

Today I got my 10,000 steps in, cooked dinner, had a nap, worked on workshop stuff at WMG for about three hours, and wrote about 3,200 words in just over three hours of writing. Fun day.


Day 1… 3,000 goal… Actual words… 3,100.  Total so far… 3,100 words
Day 2… 4,000 goal… Actual words… 4,400.  Total so far… 7,500 words
Day 3… 5,000 goal… Actual words… 5,100.  Total so far… 12,600 words
Day 4… 6,000 goal… Actual words… 6,200.  Total so far… 18,800 words
Day 5… 7,000 goal… Actual words… 4,200.  Total so far… 23,000 words
Day 6… 8,000 goal… Actual words… 5,900.  Total so far… 28,900 words
Day 7… 9,000 goal… Actual words… 4,100.  Total so far… 33,000 words
Day 8… no goal… Actual words… 4,300.  Total so far… 37,300 words
Day 9… no goal… Actual words… 3,700.  Total so far… 41,000 words
Last Day… no goal… Actual words… 3,200.  Total written… 44,200 words


September Online Workshops

They start in about one week!!!

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

Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me. There is room in all of them at the moment.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Totals For Year 4, Month 1, Day 27

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,073

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 58

— Daily Fiction: 3,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,900 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total:1,900 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,600 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 396 e-mails. Approx. 28,900 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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  • Mark Kuhn

    Dean, congrats on finishing yet another novel! Looking forward, as always, to reading this.

    In yesterday’s blog you touched on loops. Do you think it might be possible for you to expand on loops in a lecture or a blog post when you get time?

    Maybe tell us when loops are good, when they’re not so good or when and why they should be cut out entirely?

    And maybe a definition as to what they are and when they serve or detract from a story?

  • ed ryan

    Hi Dean, as another mentioned above, this is always cool to see and motivational. Just wondering if you ever consider bundling books into sets when you have a few in a series – something like Books 1-3 of Series X for $9.99 (or whatever) when each is $4.99?

    I know you have dome something like that with shorts in the past.

    Thanks for keeping the blog going – great to read every day!

    • dwsmith

      Yes, that is one of the major plans of WMG Publishing this fall, to get many of our series in different bundles (sets) at a reduced rate. Got some fun stuff coming with those. Both my books and Kris’s books.

      • David Haywood Young

        Sounds good to me! I keep meaning to buy and read more of your stuff. I like what I’ve seen…I just keep getting distracted by other things going on (recently returned to foster parenting…oh boy…don’t get me started…).

        So reduced-price bundles would draw me in, especially since I’m posting this here to spur myself to remember to stop and smell the roses. Or read the books. Whatever.

        • David Haywood Young

          Also, I meant to subscribe to Smith’s Monthly when it came out but didn’t. No idea why. Then more time passed, and more time, and so on. Also so forth. So if there were a way to get back-issue access on the cheap and subscribe at a regular rate to current stuff…