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A Week of Different Posts: Post One


Post One of Seven Days

I’m going to be spending a week hanging around with friends from a previous life and focusing only on short fiction. So for one week I’m not going to do the daily details. I will return to that in a week.

I might or might do some topic of the night posts. I’ll see how that goes as well. I just wanted to break up things and take a break after this last few weeks of craziness.

But my focus will be old friends and when they are not around, working on short stories and recharging from all the publishing craziness and year-end stuff that goes with any business.

So every night here will be a word count update about the story I worked on. And that’s about it.

Should be a fun week. Different. Stay tuned.


February Online Workshops

All of the February Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time.

All workshops have openings.

Class #11… Feb 1st … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Feb 1st … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Feb 1st … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Feb 1st … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Feb 2nd … Character Development
Class #16… Feb 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Feb 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Feb 3rd … Designing Covers
Class #19… Feb 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Feb 3rd … How to Write Science Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Story #1… A Long Way Down… 2,100 words
Story #2… The Case of the Man Who Saw… 3,200 words


Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 12

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 844

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 9,300 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,200 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,100 words

— E-mail: 29 e-mails.  Approx. 1,700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 277 e-mails. Approx. 14,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers


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  • Harvey

    Enjoy your week with your friends, Dean. I hope when you come back you’ll share with us which previous life they were from. I’m thinking there were at least four, on-planet: poker, golf, crazy-kid adventurer and the trad publishing days. (grin)

    • dwsmith

      Actually, Harvey, these friends are from before all that. I met my best friend when I was 14 and we’ve been best friends ever since. That world. Nothing to do with writing other than I am working on short stories and other stuff on breaks. (grin)