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I’ve been writing and posting The Journal almost every day since October 2014. That was six months after I tried Writing Into the Dark (skeptically) and proved to myself that it actually worked. I haven’t looked back.

Many posts include a Topic of the Day. All of them illustrate what is possible for a writer who is serious about the craft, especially one who

  • follows Heinlein’s Rules,
  • trusts the characters to tell the story that they, not the writer, are living, and
  • keeps coming back.

“Hey, tell ’em you’re tryin’a pay forward what you’ve learned here.”

“Shh! Stop interrupting, Joey Bones. We’ve talked about this, right?”

Folks, there is a great deal of value in these writings, and all of them are fully searchable. A whole new world awaits, and it’s 100% free.

“Yeah, an’ you only gotta take advantage of it, y’know?”

“Thanks, Joey. Now please, leave the writers alone. I’ll look in on you another time.”

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What Heinlein’s Rules Mean to Me My Best Advice for Fiction Writers
The Essential Elements of a Story Craft & Non-Craft Topics to Stir Thought
Toward Efficiency in Epublishing Quick Guide to Self-Publishing & FAQs
The Essentials of Digital Publishing Selected Poems
Hemingway Monologue to the Maestro Taking a Stand on Generative AI

Disclaimers Disavowing Any Use of Generative AI

How to Indicate Different POV Characters to the Reader (an example)

Dr. Joseph S. Salemi’s Review of Harvey Stanbrough’s
Intimations of the Shapes of Things