Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, with more than 30 million books sold, writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang, and the Mary Jo Assassin series.

His monthly magazine, Smith's Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series.

For more information about Dean's books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at

The Pop-Up Series - Clean First Draft Writing by Dean Wesley Smith

Pop-Up #4... The Art of Writing Clean First Draft

Yes, we believe that writing clean first draft that you can release is an art form. It takes some understanding of certain aspects of fiction writing, it takes clearing out some myths that you may be holding tight. And it take a belief that such a thing is even possible.

In this Pop-Up #4, Kris and I will talk about the art of writing clean first drafts of your novels and your short stories and with luck show you how to do it, if you decide to open your mind to the possibility that you don't have to outline, you don't have to do character sketches, you just sit down and tell a story and then release it. No rewriting, no lost time, nothing.

Yes, it is possible.

This Pop-Up also has a fun short story prompt with it.


This class from WMG teaches writers an important aspect of craft: How to write a clean first draft. Stop constantly rewriting and revising. Learn how to do it right the first time. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch