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Time of Great Forgetting

Time of Great Forgetting

From the looks of how the April workshops sign-ups are going, we are entering into the time of great forgetting for writers just slightly ahead of time.

The Time of Great Forgetting is when the year-end resolutions for writers are long forgotten and the weather is getting better. Usually this forgetting time for writers without a full-year focus doesn’t start until late April and then runs through until the middle of July.

I always find it interesting that I am ramping up as other writers are just sort of drifting away. But I am a professional year-round writer. I have my bad months, sure, but I never stop learning and focusing on my writing.

In other words, I never forget and those of you who have been following all this silliness for over 900 days know that. (grin)



Since I am writing a Thunder Mountain novel in the challenge, I am putting up the books from the series as featured books of the day. They all stand alone, but there is a reading order above if interested in starting from the beginning. Tonight is book four in the reading order.



Melody Ridge

Melody Ridge

USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith wrote for decades about a jukebox that took a listener back to the memory attached to a song. The Jukebox Series consists of more than twenty short stories and gathered numbers of award nominations and movie options.

Then in 2012, Dean started work on the Thunder Mountain series of novels, starting with the novel Thunder Mountain. Time travel novels set partially in the Old West.

Now, finally, in Melody Ridge, he combines the two worlds and reveals the origin of the jukebox for the first time. Find out what happens if Stout from the Garden Lounge finally meets the inventors of the time-traveling jukebox—because the past might just change his future.

Available in:
ebook, $5.99
Trade paperback, $14.99
ISBN 978-1561466450

and many others.

For information about all my novels in this series,
click on the Thunder Mountain series tab above under the series reading order tab.



All but the one noted of the April online workshops below have openings, but a couple are getting close. This is a great bunch of workshops this month.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week. And yes, still room in Author Voice. All workshops but Author Voice limited to 5 writers.

All workshops have openings.

Class #31… April 4th … Author Voice
Class #32… April 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… April 4th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #34… April 4th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… April 5th … Character Development
Class #36… April 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… April 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #38… April 6th … Designing Covers
Class #39… April 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories (FULL)
Class #40… April 6th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Full descriptions of the workshops and how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.


Totals For Year 3, Month 8, Day 29

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 922

— Daily Fiction: 6,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 31,150 words  

— Nonfiction: 600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 9,250 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,500 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails.  Approx. 2,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 516 e-mails. Approx. 29,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers


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  • Stephanie

    Oh I haven’t forgotten. In fact, I’m working on setting up for a similar approach to your novel in a week to get the current novel done and out the door. So I can move on to the next one, and the next and….

    (But I’m new at this, and still figuring out what works best for me as far as scheduling and such…and waiting on books to earn enough to cover costs for things like your workshops. Keep eying the depth, voice, and practice ones and waiting for the book income to pile up enough…)

    • dwsmith

      Always remember Stephanie that even if you don’t hit the challenge, you get a lot of words done and that’s success. Then just fire up again.

      Have fun.

      • Stephanie

        Always. It’s more fun than most television. Not more fun than hanging with my kiddos though 😉

        Those kiddos are the reason I need a schedule. A flexible-ish schedule. 😀

  • Jim Johnson

    Dean, I remembered your Great Forgetting post from last year, and it was partly why I decided to start a 3-novels-in-3-months challenge starting in March, so that I could push right on through that Forgetting time. The end of the month is almost here and I have a 84,000 word novel nearly complete (doing revisions now still in creative voice–four chapters left to write) so the first novel should come in close to 90k words. Then I start book 2 in April and book 3 in May, and then push them out into the world for sale starting in June.

    I knew that I tailed off production around May/June last year, and won’t do that again this time around. Thanks for the advice and the inspiration!

    • dwsmith

      Wow, wonderful, Jim. This period is the hardest time for writers, of that I have no doubt. And then when the memory comes back in July and August, each writer has to fight over the discouragement of missing and not writing and that makes starting back up so hard. A strange but deadly period for writers, so well done fighting through it. By August, you will be very happy you did. Have fun.