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.
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
Listen to The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience below ...
The Show Notes
- How Bestselling Hybrid Author Dean Wesley Smith Writes: Part Two
- Non-Fiction Titles by Dean Wesley Smith (including Heinlein’s Rules and Writing into the Dark)
- Freewrite: Your Distraction-Free Writing Tool
- How to Beat Writer’s Block by Maria Konnikova for The New Yorker
- Dean Wesley Smith on Twitter
- Kelton Reid on Twitter