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New Book Cover

New Book Cover

I had every intention of starting a new novel tonight, but alas it didn’t happened. But Allyson got a wonderful new cover for the book done since we are rebranding all of the “Star” novels in the Seeders Universe.

Star Rain, Star Mist, and Star Fall. I know what the Starburst program is, since I set it up in Star Fall, but no idea what the book is going to be about other than galaxy spanning stuff. (grin)

But didn’t get started tonight. Just dinged around on too many other things, plus workshop stuff.

Ahh, well, maybe tomorrow.


New Workshop and New Schedule

October workshops all have room. Lots of room.

Any questions about the new Point of View Online Workshop feel free to ask. It’s going to be a really fun one.


Seven Days Left

On the Fiction River Kickstarter subscription drive

Stunning how well it is doing. We actually hit the third stretch goal today. Thank you, everyone!!

That means that everyone who is supporting the Kickstarter subscription drive will get three extra books now. And with seven days left, we would love to get to that 4th extra free book for all supporters. So pass the word if you don’t mind.

Here’s a fun video about the “Mysterious Stories of Fiction River.”


Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 12

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,089

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 74

Running Miles This Month… 3.5 miles

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

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,300 words

— E-mail: 25 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 178 e-mails. Approx. 10,900 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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I had every intention of starting up the new novel today and Allyson had even done a great cover for it since we are rebranding all the “Star” Seeders Universe books. They are sort of a mini-series inside the Seeders Universe. Star Rain, Star Mist, and Star Fall, plus this new one I am going to write called Starburst.


  • Jeanne

    Hi Dean, I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I took your advice of setting goals during the time of great forgetting and failed my way to 6 short stories, a novel and a novella (the goal was 14 shorts and 4 longer works). And I’m on a writing fiction every day streak since May 6 even with working full time and lots of backpacking this summer. So thank you 🙂

  • Kristi N.

    Dean, would it be possible to put together a curriculum for the workshops, lectures and classic workshops? Even a grouping of classes that an apprentice writer would take, then the journeyman levels that work up towards mastery of the craft and the business would be a helpful guide as to what ones are needed first to build a foundation for the others. (And which workshops are a concentration that would benefit a writer to take together before moving onward.). Thanks!

  • Becca

    I just finished your book STAGES OF A FICTION WRITER. Thank you for writing it! It was such a relief to read!

    I’m pursuing careers in writing fiction, writing comics, and writing screenplays. I moved into comics and screenplays initially to force myself away from thinking words=story, but I’ve fallen in love with those mediums in the process. I’m realizing that each of these writing pursuits has its own stages. This helps me understand and be patient with the lower stage writing (screenplays), but it also gives me perspective on the people screaming writing advice at me from al directions. Funny thing is, the stage 4 writers in comics AND screenwriting echo EXACTLY what you teach (specifically practice, trusting your creative voice, reading for enjoyment and studying after, etc.).

    I had the misfortune as being labeled a “talented poet” who wrote “beautiful prose.” It’s taking drastic measures to shake off that death warrant!

    • dwsmith

      Becca, awareness is half the distance to the goal in these areas. Took me years to shake off my poetry background as well, which is why I sometimes still write poems but never mail them or sell them or even put them in my magazine. But you are on the way. The key now is to keep learning, keep writing and having fun. If you are writing, what you will learning will be put to use and the fun will keep freeing the creative voice to come out and play.

      Great movement forward and thanks for the comments.