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Tip of the Week


As I talked about a few posts back, this idea came up while I was in Vegas and it sounded like a lot of fun. But it took a bunch of figuring to get past a few of the Teachable limitations.

But with help, we got it worked out. So this is how it will work.

Every Sunday night (Monday morning) I will put up a new writing or publishing tip on Teachable. To go to the tip of the week, go to:

Hit See All Courses and find Tip of the Week.

The subscription to it is $10 per month.

Right now there are three tips there for the first three weeks of the year. When it gets to the sixth tip, the first one will vanish, leaving five at any point.

After three months, I will take the 13 tips and put them in their own lecture. If you have subscribed for three months, you can get that on your dashboard for free so you can go back to the tips at any point.

If you have missed a month or two, you can pay our regular lecture amount of $50 to get the 13 video tips. So much better to subscribe.

The tips are all videos ranging from six minutes to nine minutes long about some topic or another in writing or publishing. Some will be things you know or have heard, others will be new things or different ways to think on a topic.

Allyson Longueira, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and I will be coming up with, and detailing out, the tips, but mostly I will present them. We’re looking forward to this. Kind of a way to get us focused every week on one thing or another.


February and March Workshops Now Available

If you are using a credit and want to sign up, write me. Otherwise, you can sign up on Teachable. When a workshop hits five writers, I will shut down sign-ups, so don’t expect them all to be available at the last minute. Right now all workshops have openings.

Class #13… Feb 6th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #14… Feb 6th … Endings
Class #15… Feb 6th … Point of View
Class #16… Feb 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Feb 6th … Speed
Class #18… Feb 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Feb 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Feb 7th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Feb 7th … Character Development
Class #22… Feb 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Feb 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Feb 7th … Novel Structure

Class #25… Mar 6th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Mar 6th … Author Voice
Class #27… Mar 6th … Business
Class #28… Mar 6th … Writing into the Dark
Class #29… Mar 6th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Mar 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Mar 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Mar 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #33… Mar 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Mar 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Mar 7th … Novel Structure
Class #36… Mar 7th … Writing Fantasy


  • Dahlia

    Hello Dean,

    what a great idea 😀 I just enrolled and will look through the videos later today.

    Your tips so far have been really, really useful to me and had a huge impact on my writing during the last months. Some time last year I read „Writing into the Dark“. I had been a rigorous outliner ever since I started writing, because I read everywhere, how important outlining and planning was. But you gave me the courage to try and believe in my creative voice again instead of having my critical voice tear everything apart.
    In the end I wrote a novel, that soon was a fan favourite and made me known in my small niche as a writer delivering original stories in high-quality (and that with the bare minimum of editing = fixing typos and small nits my first-readers found. No months or years of rewriting anymore! Huzzah!). So I’m eternally grateful for your advise. I’m writing into the dark ever since and finally I’m prolific and having fun at the same time.

    And after another author pointed me towards your blog I spent the last two weeks skimming through it and having quite a few epiphanies. I’m so relieved to hear from a pro, that I don’t need beta-readers and critique groups. I had a few stories killed by beta-readers and spent years recovering from a critique group that convinced me that I suck and could never ever write a novel. D’oh!
    So, I’m also looking forward to more instalments in your series on critical voice, since that is still kind of my achiless heel.

    But for now I’m very excited for your weekly tips. Thanks a lot for putting this together!

    • dwsmith

      Dahlia, Thanks for the very kind comments and glad some of this has helped you get back to having fun with the writing. The last few months I’ve been focused around here on getting all the workshops in order with the move of everything to Teachable. But now am getting back to doing more articles and tips and such. I’ve got some almost done so going to be fun. Thanks again.