I Like My Main Characters Plus-Sized & I’m Not Ashamed of It (Anymore)!

I am so pumped and excited about my newest novel, Syphons. If you haven’t checked out the synopsis, you should now! Go ahead, and then come back to this post. Did you check it out? Great! Recently, I was thinking about the fact that my Main Character (MC, going forward) is a plus-sized diva that…

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Write What You Know About Romance Even While Single & #ForeverAlone

Write what you know. For some odd reason, while working on revisions of my current WIP, Syphons, a sci-fi/new adult novel, I started thinking about the write-what-you-know motto. In my novel, I wanted to create a revamped love story between a plus-size African-American woman who awakens with rare abilities due to her hybrid alien heritage,…

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3 Ways to Deal With Failure

I’m writing this post to future me. So, that I can look back at it and say, okay. I’ll try again. Giving up is easy to do. Keeping up with a project and doing it until completion, that’s difficult. Fear of failing and an unhealthy (obnoxious) dose of perfectionism keeps me from moving forward at…

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Writing Science-Fiction for Beginners (Part 2)

In my last post of Writing Science-Fiction for Beginners (Part 1), I focused on what science-fiction was and the beginning stages of writing your first draft. Now, I’m getting into some of the tedious areas of creating great science-fiction. I could focus on a number of different areas and turn this post into a book…

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How I Wrote, Published, and Promoted an eBook in 7 Days

The blinking cursor mocked me as I stared at my daunting 50k sci-fi novel which needed to be revised, edited, professionally edited, and then possibly revised again.  I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t want to rush through the revision process and produce a half-hazard work of fiction. This novel was my baby, I needed to work…

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Hey Fat Girl – A Poem

Hey Fat Girl! How many times are you going to call me fat?  Hey Fat Girl! Didn’t you hear me! Don’t call me fat, I do not care for you calling me that! Hey Fat Girl! When was the last time you called me fat? Was it after you stole my savings bond and gave…

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What Makes an Awesome Female Superhero?

What do you like about stories about female superheroes?  And, shocking author confession: Catwoman from the 2004 flick, and the heroine from my Super Ex-Girlfriend are some female heroes I enjoy watching on the big screen. But, this post isn’t about the movie heroes, and man, Hollywood makes sure we’re not missing out on heroes. …

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Writing Science-Fiction for Beginners (Part 1)

So, you want to write science-fiction? Well, good for you. But, seriously, do you want to write in a genre that is saturated with novels, and that has been around since the beginning of storytelling? (i.e. Ancient Greek Myths). I mean, why even write genre fiction. Wouldn’t it be more admirable to write a memoir…

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My Work Made Less Than a Dollar on Amazon, and I’m Happy (and not Starving)!

Please don’t laugh at my joy. Here goes nothing! I have a day job.  I take care of my disabled parent. I fix myself dinner. And, then I work on my writing from 6 to Midnight (sometimes longer). My hard work paid off. I checked Amazon the day after I published my first official fiction…

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#Writers Did You Know This Was a Thing?

I checked my email the day after publishing my latest e-book on Amazon and sharing it through Twitter. I see five new messages through my official business email, I assumed they were readers of my blog.  At first, I yay’d! Then, upon closer inspection, I noticed phrases like:  “read your synopsis and… I want to…

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A Picture is Worth a Free E-book **Click Pics for Link**

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How to find your inspiration? (Inforgraphic)

As a follow up to this previous post, here’s an infographic, free for downloading, email me at dasmith@dasmithwrite.com for your copy of one:

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The Best Blogs To Read If You Want To Become An Amazing Writer, Now!

Many writers know that when you are just starting out, a blog is one of the best ways to grow readership and authority online. Personally, when I read an article online, I Google the author, find their website (if one exists), peruse their about me page, and then read their blog posts. If I love…

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