In today’s Journal
* Quote of the Day
* Dean Wesley Smith
* Maybe a Hiatus, and Archives
* Of Interest
Quote of the Day
“Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.” William Faulkner
Dean Wesley Smith’s having another Kickstarter campaign. It runs through the end of March. For as little as a five dollar ($5) donation you get all kinds of rewards and stretch goals. To determine your level of interest, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/403649867/rescue-two-a-seeders-universe-novel.
Maybe a Hiatus, and Archives
Not much to talk about recently that I haven’t talked about dozens of times before. Also, I might be taking a little hiatus from the Journal soon while I finish working out a few things. Then again, I might be back writing fiction and the Journal more quickly than I expect. So anyway, if the Journal doesn’t appear in your inbox for a week or longer, please don’t worry about it. I’m still here.
This is also a reminder especially for those of you who have joined the Journal over the past few months that the Journal itself is still here even when I’m not. There are valuable arhives available with the click of your mouse, and they’re free.
Just go to the Search box in the sidebar and type-in your search term — for example, “writing into the dark” or “characters” or “setting” or “scene” or “critical mind” or “creative subconscious” or whatever else — and click Enter. Then it’s only a matter of browsing through the posts that pop up.
I also recommend Dean Wesley Smith’s Think Like a Publisher series of posts (or just buy his book on the topic) and his Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing and Killing the Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing books or blog post series. If you find and read those posts or buy and read those books, you’ll have about 99% of what DWS can teach you about writing and publishing.
You can find the posts on all three topics by visiting his site at https://deanwesleysmith.com and clicking the little search icon at the right side of the menu.
Talk with you again soon.
See “Editorial Resignations At Big Houses Spark Reckoning” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/editorial-resignations-at-big-houses-spark-reckoning/.
See “The Great Resignation hits publishing” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-great-resignation-hits-publishing/.
See “How to Make Money Through Social Media Without Being an Influencer” at https://www.janefriedman.com/make-money-through-social-media/.
See “Publishing Giants Are Fighting Libraries on E-Books” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/publishing-giants-are-fighting-libraries-on-e-books/. Meanwhile, my own ebooks are available in hundreds of libraries around the world.
Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.