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Over Four Years

A Very Long Challenge…

Just over four years ago I challenged myself, for some reason (now long forgotten) to blog every day. Often they were longer blogs, sometimes I have written books here, other times, such as tonight, they are short fillers.

I have not missed a day for four years plus. Over 1,460 straight days.

Now that’s a streak.

I do plan on writing more nonfiction books here over this next fall and winter.

And I also want to thank those of you who support this ongoing blog at Patreon. It means a lot to me.

So onward into year #5. See how long I can keep this streak alive. (grin)



All have openings at the moment. Information at

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page. I will be updating the curriculum in September adding in the new workshops.

Class #25… Sept 5th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Sept 5th … Writing into the Dark
Class #27… Sept 5th … Business
Class #28… Sept 5th … Endings
Class #29… Sept 5th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Sept 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Sept 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Sept 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #33… Sept 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Sept 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Sept 6th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #36… Sept 6th … Writing Fantasy

Writing into the Dark is a new workshop starting in September.



The Universe Between Bundle

This one is worth it and just over a week left.

This bundle not only helps a fantastic charity with, but it has some stunning novels by some great writers.

And it has an entire volume of Fiction River. A lot of short stories in there as well.

Give this one a look, folks. I think you will be very happy you did.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Thanks for your support.


  • Harvey

    Congrats, Dean. And in that time, you’ve taught at least one masters level course in fiction writing free through your blog. My hat’s off to you.

  • Martin

    Dean, I appreciate your sharing of your knowledge with us very much. I have bought already many of your non fiction books (“Writing into the dark” is my favorite) and hope to read more and more of your journey as a writer. Best wishes from Germany!

  • Russ

    Congratulations and a big THANK YOU. I love your blog and read it every day. You are and inspiration and motivation. I look forward to more of your writing. I am also fascinated to hear about your stores, especially the new book store. It’s all part of your Magic Bakery.

    • dwsmith

      In a way, the stores are a part of the magic bakery, Russ. Cash streams if what I focus on for the bakery. And the bookstore will add in a bunch and a bunch of other side benefits we don’t even know yet. Great fun. Thanks!

  • Thomas Bennett

    Supporting you and Kris is a no brainer. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on people who have no idea what it takes to make fiction writing a career. They flat don’t know, and they don’t want to know. And they’ve gotten good money from people like me for re-enforcing some of the biggest career killers out there.

    I’ve been studying story structure for 14 years. You two were the first teachers who said, “Write a story. If it doesn’t work write another one. And one more after that.”

    The best part is I’m finally working on a novel that’s fun everyday. And I will finish it and write the next one. Because I’m a storyteller and I can tell whatever story I want.

    Thanks for always being supportive when I thought I wanted to give up. It really helps to have friends who’ve been there tell you to just keep going.

    • dwsmith

      Thanks, Thomas. It is hard to climb out of the myths when many instructors out there teach them as the word from on high. So thanks, glad we have helped some. Keep having fun. That really is the key.

  • Mark Kuhn

    Congrats on the blog, Dean. I’ve been following for about 3 years. Thank for everything, especially the way you’ve helped me conquer my fears and doubts.

  • J. D. Brink

    I must have come on right about at the beginning then. I thought I was behind when I first “discovered” this wellspring of information and inspiration. But I must not have missed many posted then! I was living in Texas then and finishing out 3 years in Japan now. Amazing how time flies!

  • Robert J. McCarter

    Congrats, Dean!!

    And thank you, the daily dose of Dean is a constant inspiration.

    Also worth pointing out that Patreon is a great deal with all the ebooks you give at the $5 level. No brainier, really.