Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

Hit an Exhaustion Wall

I Bet This is Familiar To Most of You…

Going along just fine one moment, into the story, and then suddenly I could barely keep my eyes open or see the screen. Something to do with about four hours sleep last night I am betting. (grin)

But got about 1,600 new words on the Marble Grant novel, so closer to finishing so I can start the new book, whatever that might be.

I ended up today getting up way early, then spent the afternoon in meetings and doing some exercise for the first time in a while as well (That might have contributed to the suddenly loss of a brain and energy. You think? (grin))

I had a wonderful lunch with a couple friends, then worked up at WMG until I went home at 9 p.m. to cook dinner. Then back up to WMG and worked there until about one getting up the April Regular Workshops on Teachable. (All there now and ready for sign-ups.)

Then home for a little television, then into here to do email before heading to the writing computer.

So now that I type all that out, I realize it is a major miracle I got words done at all today. A win. Just going back over all that made me tired. (grin)


INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops Now Available…

— Insider’s Guide to Selling Short Fiction in 2018/2019 (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Successful Space Opera (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)

Got some questions on these and a bunch of sign-ups. They are going to be fun. So let me give you the top questions I got.

Question #1… Can I record the live webinar sessions? Yes, but not going to because there will be a bunch of people on the feed. So not going to happen. And nope, I doubt these will be come classics in any way.

Question #2… Timing on the webinar parts? I got more details on the post yesterday, but here is the timing. Short Fiction at 11 a.m. Sunday West Coast Time. Space Opera at 1 p.m. West Coast Time. The recorded parts and assignment will open up on April 8th, first Webinar on April 15th. And so on. The two May workshops follow the same pattern.

Question #3… Will they be on Yes, the basic stuff will be there in a few days to sign up as well as better descriptions, but the best way right now is to sign up by writing me and paying the fee through Paypal to make sure you have a slot.

Question #4… How do Lifetime Subscribers sign up? You don’t have to. You are automatically in, no limits, although there aren’t that many Lifetime Subscribers yet. When I get the workshops loaded to Teachable I will automatically load it into the Lifetime Subscription.

That’s it. Good questions, writers signed up on all four new workshops. Kris and I are excited to put these together.

$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry. These will fill so don’t wait for the last minute on these.



They all just started. Still time to jump into any of the workshops.

Sign up directly through Teachable or if you have a credit, write me.

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 now also available on Teachable and I have the schedule through June up now. Some new regular workshops will be added into July, but nothing new over the next few months in the regular workshops.

All the new stuff will be in the Pop-Up workshops and Insider’s Guide Series of Workshops.



March 15-18th

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

Sign up directly through Teachable. When a class reaches five writers, it will no longer show as available.




  • Felicia Fredlund

    Perhaps you’ve already considered this, but I thought I’d throw it out there: You might want to consider recording the live ones so anyone who misses the live video can see it, but only make it available for a week or so since other people will be in the video. That way people won’t miss out on the Q&A if they are busy on one Sunday or two.

    • dwsmith

      Can’t I’m afraid. I don’t want to deal with permissions, so the live webinars will not be recorded. One time, one shot. I know, different than what is normal around here. (grin)