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Long Drive

Back in My Office At My Big Computer…

But wow, was that one of those drives. Not a golf drive. I’ve been known over the years to hit a few of those fairly long, but this drive was by car. Actually van.

Started off great with a wonderful breakfast and meeting with my closest friend who I have known and been best friends with since 1964.

Then I drove through first sunshine, then rain, then snow over a nasty hill.

Then more sunshine for an hour or so, then it started to rain and I drove for three hours in downpours until it turned to snow over the coast range, then back to rain as I hit the coast.

I ate far too much sugar and fast food, but made the drive even with the weather in 9 hours. And only one ten minute nap in a hotel parking lot somewhere along the way.

So I am going to finish my email tomorrow because no one wants a response from me tonight when I am this tired. (grin)

And this is yet another example of the power of a streak. Not a chance in hell I would have written anything here tonight without that streak of daily blogs. Imagine the power a streak like this would have for your fiction writing?


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)

$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. And yes, you can use your credits.

I will be adding these onto Teachable in a week.



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

Class #37… Apr 3rd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #38… Apr 3rd … Endings
Class #39… Apr 3rd … Point of View
Class #40… Apr 3rd … Writing Mysteries
Class #41… Apr 3rd … Speed
Class #42… Apr 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #43… Apr 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #44… Apr 4th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #45… Apr 4th … Character Development
Class #46… Apr 4th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #47… Apr 4th … Advanced Depth
Class #48… Apr 4th … Novel Structure


  • Tony DeCastro

    My current fiction writing streak hit 24 days this morning. It’s beginning to have a mind of its own!

  • Topaz

    My actual strecken is 85 days. And I do have fun with it.

    What is the difference between the weekender pop up and the insiders guide on Selling Short Fiction in 2018/2019? They sound very alike. Sorry I can’t figure out the difference between them.

    Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) <- What is meant with the 2000 words part? Do I need to have a novel start ready to join?

    Best wishes,

    • dwsmith

      The Weekender workshop is about making a living with your fiction in general and covers it all with math. (grin) The Selling Short Fiction in 2018/19 is focused on only selling short fiction, both traditionally and electronically and how to do it and so on. The selling short fiction actually would be a good addition to the Making a Living workshop, since very little of that was covered. So the two could go together very well.

      The Writing Serial Fiction workshop is focused on the techniques and value of writing a novel in serial form. 2,000 words at a time. How to keep readers coming back and so much more. And nope, don’t need a novel ready to start for this and if you did, chances are it would be the wrong type of novel. The workshop will teach which kind of book is suited for serialization and so on.