The Journal: Some Next-Level Stuff on Pacing

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Topic: Some Next-Level Stuff on Pacing * As predicted * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “I will fail to success. Two novels this month and four next month.” Dean Wesley Smith “To be an author, you have to sit your gluteus maximus in a chair, somewhere, and string words together.” Reavis Wortham Topic: Some Next-Level Stuff on Pacing Just had a chat with a mentoring student. In part of that, I told her the main thing DWS taught me about pacing: Hit the freakin’ return key (Enter … Read more

The Daily Journal, Sunday, June 30

In today‚Äôs Journal * Recap * Topic: On Building Suspense and Creating Tension * The midpoint of the year * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Yesterday I remembered I hadn’t updated my writer website at So I added In the Cantina at Noon and Change of Plans to the Westerns page, then created new book pages for each of those. Then I added Quiet the Critical Voice to the nonfiction books page. Sometime soon I probably should create a separate book page for each of those, but for the time being prospective readers can see the … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, June 10

Hey Folks, If you’re a writer, you don’t want to miss this post. Yesterday, I rolled out at 3 for a change. Felt good. I used the early morning for admin time. I was led to that by a good review of my 10-story collection Mobster Tales that I received via email yesterday. When I went to add the review to the page for that book over at StoneThread Publishing, I realized I hadn’t yet created a page for that book. So I did that, then pasted the review in. You can see it at Then the day fell … Read more