The Journal, Wednesday, February 21

Hey Folks,

Well, a day of writing today I hope. Feeling a bit better I think, and not so much domestic stuff on my plate today. Just checking the PO later. I have a book coming in (grin).

I’ll also have to spend some time with the kitten today. With the weather we’ve been having (extended rain and now ice cold) she hasn’t gotten to go outside much, and she is definitely a love-it-outside kind of a girl.

She has that nice fur coat, but I’ve yet to find any gloves that will fit her, so I worry about her little pads getting too cold. And of course, sugar melts in the rain, so….

***

The KillZone Blog often has a First Page Critique, and they’re done by different professional writers.

I usually don’t mention those here even in the “Of Interest” section because they aren’t my cuppa whatever, but I can understand how they might help some folks, if you’re bent toward learning that way.

I recommend you sign up for an RSS subscription at https://killzoneblog.com/ and check it out. At “free” the price is pretty good.

***

Well, plans change. The house heater’s making a strange sound, so I’ll make myself available to the landlord when he comes over to check it. And later I have to go shopping for food.

***

Also decided today to set aside The Age Exchange. I’m just not excited about it at the moment, so I’ll wait until I am.

And the short story I started yesterday really isn’t. It’s basically a scene of dark humor. Setting it aside too.

I need to get back to writing novels. So the next “Writing of” thing you see below will be a novel title. In a day or two. Today? Back to reading and learning.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Wow. See “More Misc. Stuff Once Again” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/more-misc-stuff-once-again/. And check out my comment there. Can’t say it often enough.

To go directly to the Kickstarter for Dean’s North by Northwest bookstore, click https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/403649867/north-by-northwest-bookstore.

See “A long time ago” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/02/a-long-time-ago/. Raymond Chandler’s words. This will almost certainly give you an aha moment.

See “From Watchmen to Catch-22: can TV tackle ‘unfilmable’ books?” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/02/from-watchmen-to-catch-22-can-tv-tackle-unfilmable-books/. I love TPG’s extensive take on Milton.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 390 (Journal) 920 (main blog)
So total words for the day: 1310

Writing of
Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 8193
Total fiction words for the year………… 46349
Total nonfiction words for the month… 8220
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 16240
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 62589

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Monday, February 12

Hey Folks,

My excellent first reader, Kenneth Flowers (krf1952@gmail.com) got my 28th novel back to me via email yesterday with his feedback. I’m such a fortunate guy.

He said he looks forward to the sequels, which served to remind me I wanted to write some sequels, that Keeper of the Promise was only the origin novel for a series. (grin) So there’s that. At the moment I’m deep in an SF novel, and then I hope to take a shot at writing a thriller. But sequels. Yes.

I spent most of yesterday working on the StoneThread Publishing website and reading another thriller by Jack Higgins. The guy’s a master of the genre. Wow.

Today I’ll be going over Keeper of the Promise to apply Kenneth’s few recommended changes. I’ve also decided to change all unspoken thought in this novel to italics. For this one, it just makes sense. And then the balance of the day, I’ll probably work on StoneThread Publishing again. Should have it finished in a few more hours.

By the way, if you aren’t subscribed to the Pro Writers blog over at HarveyStanbrough.com, be sure to check the post tomorrow. It’s all about the italics thing.

***

Change of plans. My wife agreed to listen as I read Keeper of the Promise to her. I can make any adjustments as I do that. It’ll take a week, an hour or two per evening, but it frees up my time now to do other things.

Also, as I mentioned above, I still have some work to do on StoneThread Publishing too, but it’s nothing essential, so I thought I might get some writing done on my WIP.

Change 2: When I got out to the Hovel, Microsoft gave me a Gates Suppository in the form of a major update on my writing ‘puter. Truly annoying. You can go back and undo any update they add, but you can’t simply deny them the update in the first place.

By the time the updates were finished, I was out of sorts. I jotted down a few words that I don’t want to lose (for the WIP), then turned back to another Jack Higgins novel and read.

Back in a day or two.

Of Interest

See “Stuff That Takes Readers Out of a Story” at https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/stuff-that-takes-readers-out-of-a-story.html#comment-59228.

Via The Passive Voice, for fun, see “Top Ten Peeves of Creative Writing Teachers,” a guest post by Melodie Campbell on Anne R. Allen’s website at http://annerallen.com/2018/02/top-ten-peeves-of-creative-writing-teachers/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 430 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 430

Writing of The Age Exchange (novel, working title)

Brought forward…… 6985
Day 1…… 1285 words. Total words to date…… 8270
Day 2…… 1120 words. Total words to date…… 9390
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 2405
Total fiction words for the year………… 40561
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3240
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 11260
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 51821

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Friday, January 26

Hey Folks,

Wow. It’s been an eventful week, and it isn’t over yet. Mona and I both caught the creeping crud hyper-flu that’s apparently going around in various parts of the US. I am a writer, so my first thought was Conspiracy.

But I was too weak to even think about writing (or holding my head up) and besides, The Stand was already written.

Got another copyediting job in late last week or early this week. (Thanks for the referral, Robert!)

I’m publishing this today only to let you know things finally SEEM to be clearing around the Stanbrough camp, and I hope to be back in full force (no idea what that means, but I’ve always liked the sound of it) by Monday.

Well, and to pass along a few interesting items. See you again on Monday, I hope.

Of Interest

See Dean’s “Tip of the Week” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/tip-of-the-week/.

Via The Passive Guy, see “New Author Earnings Report” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/new-author-earnings-report-2/. I recommend you don’t just skip to Dean’s place to read the OP, but see PG’s take on the whole thing.

And see “Walmart Now Kobo’s Retail Partner…” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/01/25/walmart-now-kobos-retail-partner-us-will-sell-kobo-ereaders-store/. Very exciting.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 200 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 200

Writing of (working title)

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 38156
Total fiction words for the year………… 38156
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 7280
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 45436

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Saturday, January 20

Hey Folks,

Another note on process. Despite the word count I posted earlier for The Keeper of the Promise: The Origin Novel, after omitting the two short stories I mentioned yesterday, and after a few thousand words of other cuts, the novel finally came in yesterday at 56620 words.

Last night as I glanced over it, I realized it was mostly complete and flows well. The one thing I didn’t do was set up the protagonist as a series character with a lead-in to the next books. Not good, since I wrote the thing in the first place to lead into a series.

This morning in a quick session, I added a scant 453 words to the manuscript to plug that hole. Then I cut another 103 words. Now it is finished and off to my first reader.

Of Interest

See “Social Media Strategies for Authors” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2018/01/social-media-strategies-for-authors.html. I kind of wish they’d offer a print version, but I think this is a podcast.

See Dean’s “Fun Idea From Vegas” (it’s much more than it seems) at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/fun-idea-from-vegas/.

And for just a little common sense in our Bizzaro nation, see “Buffalo Bill and the Indians” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/buffalo-bill-and-the-indians/.

Fiction Words: 0453
Nonfiction Words: 210 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 663

Writing of (working title)

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 381563
Total fiction words for the year………… 38156
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7080
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 7080
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 45236

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 1
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 28
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Tuesday, January 16

Hey Folks,

Not a lot to report today. We had a quick trip to Sierra Vista to resolve the second life roll. Fortunately it turned out to be a much less eventful than it might have been.

I wrote early this morning for an hour or so, and then a bit more after we got home. Those numbers are displayed below. Feels good to be back to the novel.

See you then.

Of Interest

Linda Maye Adams posted “Perfectionism and Reading Fiction” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2018/01/15/perfectionism-and-reading-fiction/. See what you think. I might tackle this topic myself in a day or two.

You might check out The Passive Voice at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/. I saw nothing specifically to point out, but something there might interest you.

Dean’s posts recently have been very short in deference to his trip to Las Vegas. He’s back. You might want to browse the past few posts at http://deanwesleysmith.com.

Fiction Words: 2840
Nonfiction Words: 160 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3000

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697
Day 5…… 2609 words. Total words to date…… 46306
Day 6…… 2455 words. Total words to date…… 48761
Day 7…… 1341 words. Total words to date…… 50102
Day 8…… 2354 words. Total words to date…… 52456
Day 9…… 1194 words. Total words to date…… 53650
Day 10… 3297 words. Total words to date…… 56947
Day 11… 1358 words. Total words to date…… 58305
Day 12… 2840 words. Total words to date…… 61145

Total fiction words for the month……… 32189
Total fiction words for the year………… 32189
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6110
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 6110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 38299

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Wednesday, January 10

Hey Folks,

A personal good-news item that might be of some interest:

My wife and I have been married for almost 34 years. When we married, I brought three children to the mix and she brought one. We never used or allowed the term step-anything (son or daughter, brother or sister). We saw no reason to differentiate among the children. After all, the situation was no fault of theirs.

For various reasons, I was never able to adopt our eldest son, who was originally named Jason Griffith Smith. Also, Jason’s maternal grandfather passed away a few years ago, and he was the last of the Griffith line.

Yesterday, I was suddenly made very glad that I had never adopted Jason. On his own and with our blessing, he changed his name, legally, to Jason Stanbrough Griffith.

In one masterful stroke, he both honored his dad’s (my) last name and is now able to continue his grandfather’s line.

As you might imagine, given the tragedy that occurred for our family only a few days ago, this rebirth of sorts was a refreshing lift to our spirits.

***

From the Wisdom From an Old Man department: Never drink lemonade you didn’t squeeze yourself.

***

To the Hovel and the novel at around 9:15. Just under 1000 words in the first session, then a break to check on the babies.

Back to the Hovel later, and ended up with a pretty good day of writing.

I’m probably not going to work on Autobiography or the short story for awhile, so I’ve dropped them from the daily count below.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See “PRH Buys Rodale Books Assets” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/prh-buys-rodale-books-assets/. Especially if you’re still using or chasing a traditional publisher, you want to see this.

Fiction Words: 3297
Nonfiction Words: 300 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3597

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697
Day 5…… 2609 words. Total words to date…… 46306
Day 6…… 2455 words. Total words to date…… 48761
Day 7…… 1341 words. Total words to date…… 50102
Day 8…… 2354 words. Total words to date…… 52456
Day 9…… 1194 words. Total words to date…… 53650
Day 10… 3297 words. Total words to date…… 56947

Total fiction words for the month……… 27991
Total fiction words for the year………… 27991
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4690
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 4690
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 32681

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Tuesday, January 9

Hey Folks,

Well, due to recent events, I’m shuffling my writing. For the first time I can remember, I have three works in progress: The Origin Novel (tentative title); “Storytellers,” the first short story of an eventual collection that will be titled The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado; and Autobiography, another novel I started this morning.

The Origin Novel will continue as the primary work, occasionally but barely abated, because it’s what I want to write. I’ve wanted to write it for several years, but realized that fact only recently.

The short story and the ensuing eventual collection is on the back burner for awhile. I suspect I’ll finish it eventually because it’s a Good Story, but not right now.

Autobiography is another novel that I’ll write in two parts. The first part will be about the most significant person in my own life (fictionalized), the one who set my foundation. The second will be about me and my life from the time I joined the Marine Corps. I might add a third part about how it would go if I did it over again.

This morning I wrote a kind of structure, putting down facts that I’ll expand later. I’ve never started like that before, but that’s what it wanted.

***

Finally to the Hovel at around 8:30. I wrote a bit more on Autobiography, strictly because some thoughts occurred and I wanted to get them put down.

My friend came over and I went with him to inspect the well that feeds my house (the water pressure’s been surging), then to help him throw a tarp over some hay.

Finally back to the Hovel and finally to The Origin Novel just before 10.

A few short sessions and a few phone calls later, and by 1:30 I had only slightly over 1000 words. So today will be a light day, of sorts. All told, I’ve already surpassed my dail goal, so I’m taking off the rest of the day to begin fresh tomorrow.

There probably won’t be a Journal on Friday or Saturday and maybe Sunday this week as I’ll be on the road.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See http://www.sfwa.org/2018/01/infringement-alert/.

Fiction Words: 3592
Nonfiction Words: 370 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3962

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697
Day 5…… 2609 words. Total words to date…… 46306
Day 6…… 2455 words. Total words to date…… 48761
Day 7…… 1341 words. Total words to date…… 50102
Day 8…… 2354 words. Total words to date…… 52456
Day 9…… 1194 words. Total words to date…… 53650

Writing of Autobiography (tentative title)

Day 1…… 2398 words. Total words to date…… 2398

Writing of “The Storytellers,” the first story in The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado

Day 1…… 1304 words. Total words to date…… 1304
Day 2…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 24694
Total fiction words for the year………… 24694
Total nonfiction words for the month… 4390
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 4390
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 229084

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Sunday, January 7

Hey Folks,

Wow, strange day. I usually write a lot of what will become the day’s Journal entry early, then add to it off and on through the day.

Today was supposed to be another nonwriting day, but it turned out about like yesterday did.

But with a unique twist.

I was working on my current work in progress when an idea sprang into my head. It was a morbid little thought, one more suited for my person Eric Stringer than for me. Or maybe even for my character, Charles Claymore Task. Charlie would love it.

Anyway, for about an hour, I abandoned the big WIP to start the second one. The first will result in at least two novels, and I hope several more. But that’s all up to the characters.

The second, the one I started today, will result in a collection of short stories — a morbid collection of morbid stories, unless I miss my guess — called The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado. We shall see.

So I’m writing this at the (slightly early) end of my day. Oddly, I actually made my word count. Again, for what was to be a nonwriting day, not too bad.

Back soon.

Of Interest

See Linda Maye Adams’ “Respecting the Writing, Respecting Yourself” at https://lindamayeadams.com/2018/01/07/respecting-the-writing-respecting-yourself/.

On a somewhat related note, maybe, via The Passive Voice, see “Searching for the Self-Loathing Woman Writer” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/searching-for-the-self-loathing-woman-writer/.

Fiction Words: 2645
Nonfiction Words: 240 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2885

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697
Day 5…… 2609 words. Total words to date…… 46306
Day 6…… 2455 words. Total words to date…… 48761
Day 7…… 1341 words. Total words to date…… 50102

Writing of “The Storytellers,” the first story in The Less-Relatable Tales of a Desperado

Day 1…… 1304 words. Total words to date…… 1304

Total fiction words for the month……… 18748
Total fiction words for the year………… 18748
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3320
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 3320
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 22068

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Thursday, January 4

Hey Folks,

Dean accidentally deleted his post from yesterday. He wrote over it, he said in today’s post. So if you go there looking for it, you won’t find it. There wasn’t a lot to it anyway.

I got up a little late this morning, and still didn’t start on the novel until 9. An hour later, I had just over 1000 words. So a good start on the day.

A break, then to the post office, then a slightly early lunch.

Damp (in the air), chilly and heavily overcast here today, so the babies are staying inside mostly.

Well, I got my word count today (still cycling) but not much over. Still, it’s all good.

Still wondering whether any of you set any specific writing goals with the advent of the year. Comments welcome.

Back soon.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “The Big Five (2017 in Review” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/the-big-five-2017-in-review/.

See also “Pseudonymous litigation…” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/pseudonymous-litigation-and-alleged-skulduggery-in-the-world-of-romance-novelists/.

And see “Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2018/01/paying-to-play-on-submission-fees-in-poetry-publishing/. The article is even longer than the link, but it’s very much worth reading.

Fiction Words: 2525
Nonfiction Words: 200 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2725

Writing of The Origin Novel (working title)

BF…………… 32658 words.
Day 1…… 2689 words. Total words to date…… 35347
Day 2…… 2636 words. Total words to date…… 37983
Day 3…… 3189 words. Total words to date…… 41172
Day 4…… 2525 words. Total words to date…… 43697

Total fiction words for the month……… 11039
Total fiction words for the year………… 11039
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2110
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 2110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 13149

Calendar Year 2018 Novels to Date………………………… 0
Calenday Year 2018 Novellas to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2018 Short Stories to Date……… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Thursday, December 28

Hey Folks,

Well, those of you who’ve hung on through my madness will receive a double reward today, or at least that’s how this edition of the Journal is intended.

In preparation for my own return to writing fiction, I decided to take today (and maybe the next couple of days) to do two things:

First, I’m revisiting some of the lectures and workshops I’ve taken from Dean. After that, I’ll be prepping by setting goals and a schedule. More on that in coming days. My intention is to begin fresh on January 1.

Because I have a couple of short stories that I’ve already written but believe would make good novels, I decided this morning to listen to Dean’s “Short Story to Novel” lecture.

I’m listening not so much for “how-to” advice, but more for the philosophy of it. Sort of the “why-to.”

And without giving away any major secrets (the lecture is only $50 and very well worth it) here’s what I re-learned:

A short-story-to-novel development might be a good idea if

▪ you feel like the story needs to continue, that even though it wrapped, there was more to the story (this is how I felt as I finished the short story “Beats All”), or
▪ you feel you’d like to read or explore more of the story (this is how I felt as I finished the short story “Going Back” in June of 2015), and
▪ the idea of revisiting the story concept is intriguing to you. If the idea bores you, don’t do it.

Maybe in some way that will help you.

And now for the second half of the double reward. A day or two ago a friend asked my opinion on using pen names. What follows is my advice to her, excerpted and expanded:

Topic: The Use of Pen Names (or Not)

In the “old days” of traditional publishing, a lot of prolific authors used pen names, mostly because they were turning out a lot more work than the tradpubs could or would handle.

Maybe a writer was putting out several novels per year, but the publishers would buy and publish only one novel per year per author.

In that case, a pen name meant an extra income. Two pen names meant two extra incomes, and so on. For that reason, many prolific authors used dozens of pen names.

So with that as a backdrop, when I started writing fiction, I thought it would be cool to have a different pen name for each major genre.

So my more “literary” fiction, the Hemingway-like stuff, was written by Nicolas Z “Nick” Porter. My magic realism was written by Gervasio Arrancado. The crazy, edgy, horror stuff was written by Eric Stringer, and the science fiction was written by Ray Sevareid.

(These are actually more than pen names. They’re personas. You can still read their bios at http://harveystanbrough.com/my-personas/.) And I wrote under several more pen names.

Then I realized we’re in a new publishing world today. The writer has to build a name, a reputation. If you use several different pen names, you dilute and fragment that.

Of course, you could just make sure readers know the pen name is also you, but then why have a pen name at all?

This matters so much that I went back and rebranded all of the novels by Nick Porter and Ray Sevareid under my own name. I left Confessions of a Professional Psychopath with Eric Stringer. Frankly, I was afraid to take it away from him. (grin)

In today’s world, pen names aren’t necessary unless you have a valid (to you) reason to conceal your identity.

For an extreme example, say you’re a Sunday school teacher or youth minister for your church. You can probably get away with writing in most genres—SF, action adventure, crime, etc—under your real name. Maybe even romance.

But if you bend your hand to writing steamy erotica, you might want to use a pen name for that.

Otherwise, they aren’t necessary.

Note: Dean does offer a lecture on pen names. It costs $50. I haven’t bought it because I assume he’ll spend a lot of time saying what he says publicly in his blog posts, that pen names by and large are not necessary.

If you’re interested, visit https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/lecture-series/ and scroll down to “Pen Names: How and When To Write Under a Pen Name.” That will get you the description.

Back soon.

Of Interest

I didn’t read Dean’s post today until after I’d written the stuff above this. Talk about timely! See “Getting Ready for 2018” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/getting-ready-for-2018/. And especially the segment on “How to Set Fiction Writing Goals in 2018.” Really great stuff.

Breaking: See “” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/12/the-year-in-review-overview/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 750 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 750

Writing of “”

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… XXXX
Total fiction words for the year………… 453762
Total nonfiction words for the month… 6180
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 181733
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 635495

Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182