The Daily Journal Archives, Gifts & DVDs


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.

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. You only have to take advantage of it.

The Archives

The Journal 2014/15 The Journal 2016 The Journal 2017 The Journal 2018
The Journal 2019 The Journal 2020 The Journal 2021 The Journal 2022

Other Gifts

The following are gifts. Simply click to download and enjoy them.

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

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

3-Hour Seminars on DVD

For course descriptions, please see

The following 3-hour seminars on DVD are still available. They cost $25 each. To purchase one or more, send payment via PayPal or email me at for payment by personal check. I will update this list as they sell.

1 Copy Each

Writing Realistic Dialogue

Writing Great Beginnings

2 Copies Each

Conveying Emotion Through Dialogue

Creating Realistic Characters

Writing Dialect