The Journal: The Journey Home: Part 7 Is Finished

In today’s Journal * Just a reminder * Wow. I almost screwed up * I was thinking * Today, and as I was reading * The Numbers Just as a reminder, the half-price sale on WMG Publishing (DWS) workshops ends on Thursday at 5 p.m. You can use the code AGAIN to get anything on Teachable at half price. (Note: I am not an affiliate. I pass this along only because I beleive it’s a great value.) Wow. I almost screwed up big time. So here’s another cautionary tale direct from the experience of a prolific writer. Yesterday, I was … Read more

The Journal: Almost Missed Today

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Talkwalker vs. Google Alerts * The Blood on the Cobbles Bundle * Yesterday and Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “What destroys your voice is rewriting. If you want to completely destroy your own creative voice, just keep doing three or four drafts.” Dean Wesley Smith Yesterday, I mentioned that I use Talkwalker Alerts. A few folks emailed to ask whether I use Google Alerts too. Yes, I do. And a similar alert (about the Blood on the Cobbles bundle) popped up on Google Alerts two … Read more

The Journal: “Can’t” vs. Critical Mind Excuses

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Topic: Can’t vs. Critical Mind Excuses (in which Harvey gets mouthy) * Welcome * Yesterday * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “Can’t never did anything.” Shirley Stanbrough (my mom) Topic: “Can’t” vs. Critical Mind Excuses In “Of Interest” today is an article titled “10 Ways to Feel Like a Real Writer When You Can’t Write Thanks to Coronavirus.” Normally I wouldn’t even link to this silly article, but some of the 10 activities on their list are still things writers need to do, so I … Read more

The Journal: What the Journal Is All About

In today’s Journal * I lost a whole day * What the Journal is all about * A new comment policy * About Atlas Obscura * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers I lost a whole day yesterday, but I brought it on myself. I’m out here in public, an easy target for anyone who wants to snipe, but that doesn’t mean I have to belabor you with the specifics. You might take a lesson from all of this though: People who don’t know you will hear whatever they want to hear, whatever suits their purpose and gives them … Read more

The Journal: The Value of Challenges (and the Attendant Deadlines)

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day: A Masters Course * Topic: The Value of Challenges (and the Attendant Deadlines) * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day: A Masters Course These quotes are gleaned from Dean Wesley Smith’s inteview (in “Of Interest” below) with 6 Figure Authors. “At a certain level in this business, you quit listening to other people about your work. You become an artist. I wish writers would get to that spot sooner rather than later. You keep learning…, but don’t let other people mess with it.” Dean Wesley Smith “I’m … Read more

The Journal: Using the Senses

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the day * DWS Announcement * The Prolific Writer podcast * In the first link below, Dave Farland * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “Writing is not magic. It’s a combination of art and craft.” Laura Benedict “For most of Earth’s history, Venus may have been the nearest habitable planet and possibly even home to a thriving biosphere. … They may even have very occasionally exchanged life….” David Grinspoonin an article for Nautilus In the February 5 post on his website, Dean Wesley Smith announced, “[I]f you are … Read more

The Journal: Very Short Post Today

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Welcome and Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “If you get discouraged, think of Emily Dickinson, her life, and her words. There is no frigate like a book. You can build it at and on a desk and it can take you and your audience to places that they never would have imagined but for you.” (emphasis added) Joe Hartlaub Welcome to new subscriber Nancy. I hope you get something out of these posts. Thanks to Bob B for stopping by and leaving his own favorite … Read more

The Journal: Yesterday and Ghosting and Veterans’ Day

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Yesterday * Ghosting * My son and grandson * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “Exactly like riding a rollercoaster… That’s writing a novel into the dark. Buckle in and believe you will end back up in the station, breathing hard and laughing.” Dean Wesley Smith Exactly. And this is why I cringe when I hear a writer talk about how “hard” it is to write a short story or novel. *** Yesterday I spent a few hours rearranging my author website at HarveyStanbrough.com to make … Read more

The Journal: Good Fortune Strikes

In today’s Journal * Good Fortune Strikes * Yesterday * A Very Special Project * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Good Fortune Strikes (for you) Yesterday, Kris Rusch added a new post to her Patreon page. And this morning, I found she’d also shared it on her Busines Musings blog, which means I’m free to share it with you. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of the most eye-opening posts she’s shared. If you read nothing else today, please read Paradigm Shift (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 16). You might want to read it two … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, October 23

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Show of hands * Topic: Warning—Safeguard Your IP * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “Jesus, where the hell is everybody when they first deliver the typing paper? Where are all the ‘helpers’ when those boxes full of silence come in? Blank. Both sides. No clue, no instructions enclosed on how to take just twenty-six letters and endlessly rearrange them so that they can turn them into a mirror of a part of our lives. Try it sometime.” Larry Gelbart First, a ahow of hands—How many … Read more