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Story Ten and a Bunch of Workshop Stuff


Pretty much did workshops all day except I also had the wonderful pleasure of helping a friend get back into his house after being in the hospital for a month. Sort of made my day, actually, that he is home.

But otherwise, it was workshops, most assignments since March is finishing up and April is getting started. Plus answered more questions about The Great Bundle workshop which has people intrigued, to say the least. (grin)

Also, for those thinking of either trying to come to the Master Business Class or the Anthology Workshop, both Coast workshops, both are almost full.

I did manage a few minutes to get the cover done for “Blind Date,” which Kris said she liked and that I was right, it was the start of a new novel and a new series. A combination spin-off series of Ghost of a Chance series and the Poker Boy series. Yeah, I am that nuts.

But going to have to redo the cover to Blind Date since the title vanishes. Yikes. Tomorrow.

Also tonight I got done with the assignments late because I watched all two hours of The Voice. So about 3:30 a.m. I went to old story starts, grabbed one that I knew would be fairly short and wrote about a thousand words on it to finish the story “Keep Hoping for a New Tomorrow.”

I think I started that story about thirty years ago. Not kidding.

But got story number ten done and moving on. More than one way to keep this challenge going on really nuts days.

Here at the Covers and Stories

Story #1… April 1… Not Easy to Kill the Light Next Door… 1,700 words 
Story #2… April 2… A Reason to Play a Hunch… 3,200 words 
Story #3… April 3… A Deal at the End of Time… 3,000 words
Story #4… April 4… A Nice Place for Murder… 3,400 words
Story #5… April 5… The Five Roads Tavern and Eatery …3,200 words
Story #6… April 6… The Last Short Putt of a Fearful Man …2,200 words
Story #7… April 7… The Wait …1,200 words
Story #8… April 8… Through the For Sale Sign …2,500 words
Story #9… April 9… Blind Date …4,100 words
Story #10… April 10… Keep Hoping for a New Tomorrow …1,700 words

(Plus six novel starts so far…)


May ONLINE Workshops 

All May online workshops are available and have openings.

ALSO, the workshop schedule through August is now posted. You can sign up ahead for any workshop you want through August.

So for information on how to sign up, go to…

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.

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42…  May 2nd … Business
Class #43…  May 2nd … Endings
Class #44…  May 2nd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #45…  May 2nd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #46…  May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 3rd … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 3rd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… May 3rd … Plotting with Depth


Tracking Running… April 10th, 2017
3 miles. No running.
Weight 194. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 37 miles

Tracking Word Counts… April 10th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 10 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,299

— Daily Fiction: 1,000 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,800 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words 
— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,600 words
— E-mail: 43 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 277 e-mails. Approx. 18,700 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 18 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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  • JM

    That’s an interesting issue with the title on the cover. Will you use outlined text to keep white text in line with the ocver design of the other stories? Or change to a darker font color in the same font?

    • dwsmith

      Honestly don’t know yet. Might have to bring in our master cover designer on this one, Allyson. I’ll talk about it tonight how it got done.

  • Colleen

    Dean, I’m going to HAVE to read “Not Easy to Kill the Light Next Door.” We have a light next door that definitely needs killing, so I must see how your story deals with that! Hope it gives me a solution…or at least some good ideas!

  • Rachel Wicker

    Hi Dean,

    I’m curious: how do you know when you’ve got the beginning of a novel/series instead of a short story? I’m sure practice helps, but is there anything in particular that’s a good rule of thumb to tell the difference?

    A few days back you mentioned putting your short-story-turned-novel-beginning up on ‘the board.’ Can you talk a little more about that? Inquiring minds want to know.