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May 2, 2016

How Bestselling Hybrid Author Dean Wesley Smith Writes: Part One

Wildly prolific, bestselling novelist — Dean Wesley Smith — has been a full-time writer since the ’80s, and he made a visit to the show to talk about how he has written (and ghostwritten) hundreds of titles over the years.

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In edition to being the CFO of a traditional publisher, he is a non-fiction author, educator, and multi-genre writer whose short fiction has appeared in over 20 anthologies.

Dean shared with me the habits and habitats of a hyper-prolific fictionist who has also written dozens of Star Trek novels, film novelizations, and a handful of licensed properties for favorites including Smallville, Spider-Man, X-Men, Aliens, and Men in Black.

Join us for this two-part interview.

In Part One of the file Dean Wesley Smith and I discuss:

  • How ‘Heinlein’s Rules’ Can Change Your Writing Process
  • Why Writers Have to Be Readers First
  • How a Dedicated Writing Computer Can Boost Your Productivity
  • The Origins of Writer’s Block
  • Why You Should Always Write Yourself into a Corner

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