Fun in the Sun With D. A. Smith Writes – Goals Update

Hiya literary fans, As I write this, I’m sitting at Sunset Park. Sunlight sparkles down on the dancing waves. Boats and wave runners are filling the relative silence with the growl of their motors. The sky is bright, blue, and clear. And, the breeze brushing against my skin is unexpectedly cool, but refreshing for mid-April…

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You Don’t Miss Something ‘Til It’s Gone

It’s funny, the old saying that goes like this: You don’t miss something until it’s gone. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been worried about how to sustain my disabled mother and myself financial. I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders as a 24-year-old who has been working full-time for almost a decade.…

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Confessions #2) Social Media – Friend or Foe when it comes to Writing?

I’m looking back at my list of confessions as an aspiring author and I’m starting to realize the first couple of confessions were ludicrous, funny, and yes at times insane. But, I’m going to try and make some sense out of my confessions and use them to explain the bigger picture with certain things. Yes,…

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Grab Your FREE Chapter Preview of Syphons A Novel – (Synopsis)

A free chapter preview of Syphons is available by clicking here! Here’s my new synopsis for the back cover of my novel, Syphons. A hot new sci-fi available on May 3rd, 2019. (Just in time for “May The 4th Be With You”.) Here’s the synopsis again for your reading pleasure: Curvy, Fierce AND A Total…

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New Cover Design for Debut Sci-Fi Novel, Syphons is Here! (Yay!!)

It’s here. Are you ready?

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I’m So Sick of This Broken Record of a Conversation!

This important lesson is one that has taken me a few years to learn and inculcate in my life. Don’t take to heart what other people say. In the past, someone could mention one hurtful phrase about me and it would crush me. Today, I’ve survived so many other hurtful things that it doesn’t phase…

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Confession #1 – Avoiding Social Time for Writing Time

A few months ago, I started posting mini-confessions through my Instagram and Twitter accounts and have decided to explain the madness behind the post. I have roughly 20+ confessions and more to come. So, be prepared, here goes nothing. My confession above comes from the fact that in my youth and early adult years I…

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Why is Asking for Money so Difficult for New Writers?

What do stockbrokers, insurance agents, and the kid down the street selling lemonade on the corner all have in common? They want your money! You knew where I was going with that question. Here’s the next one, why do writers have a hard time asking for money or to be paid what they are worth?…

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How to Find Beta Readers When You Are Just Starting Out?

I published my first urban fantasy short story last year November without having a beta reader test it out first. I don’t regret publishing, but I know that beta readers add an extra edge to stories especially when you are going the self-publishing route, like I am. My current work in progress, Syphons a sci-fi…

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How’s Writing Without a Day Job?

Hiya Literary Fans, I waited a few weeks before creating this blog post because I recently lost my day job and didn’t want negativity from that aspect of the experience to effect my writing. I will admit that while I am beyond ecstatic to have this extra time to create blog posts, work on my…

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Rantings from a Spitfire of a Teen Writer – Snippet

Hiya Literary Fans, I’ve been posting infrequently recently due to WIPs and venturing out to other sites in order to create content. Currently, I’m returning to SheWrites.com. While getting reacquainted with the website, I discovered my only blog article I posted back in 2012, when I was 17 or 18. All I can say is…,…

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Should You Write: Every. Single. Day?

Did you ever step back and look at your collection of work or review your followers and email subscribers and say, “Well, guess I need to create another blog post otherwise I will remain obscure on the internet for the rest of my life.” Yup, me too. And, sometimes you end up getting into a…

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Wayward Things Almost All Aspiring Writers Have Tried to Get Away With

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had moments as a writer when you’ve asked yourself “why did I just do that!?” With any creative medium, some of the best mistakes can transform into a masterpiece (at least if it doesn’t turn into a total flop). The following list will provide some insight into a…

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5 Struggles All Self-Published Authors Face & How to Overcome Them

You’re a writer who’s ready to be taken, seriously. Setbacks are common, whether in the form of an MS rejection or a lack of “likes” for a blog post that didn’t go viral. It’s easy to be discouraged when a lifelong dream and journey such as writing has a few bumps on the way. The…

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Syphons, A Novel Gift Card Giveaway

Syphons, A Novel is my debut science fiction, new adult novel, which is set to be released on May 3rd, 2019 (pre-order date is on February 3rd, 2019). In honor of the release of my novel (synopsis here), I am holding a giveaway for you literary fans out there! If you love science-fiction. Enjoy diverse…

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